They ride silently like shadows, with no clatter of stirrup or chink of bit.
Halfway up the stretch Allis was riding stirrup to stirrup with her father.
With one foot in the stirrup, Dave turned savagely: "Why don't you go up in the Gap with me now an' fight it out like a man?"
The horse was saddled and bridled; the groom held the stirrup, and up I got.
Instantly every left foot is in stirrup; but before they can swing into the saddle a joyous cry is in their ears, and pop!
He picked up the bridle-reins, caught the saddle-horn, and thrust his toe into the stirrup.
I was dragged thus over a quarter of a mile, and would undoubtedly have been killed had not one and then the other stirrup broken.
"I'll hold on to you; and you must hold on to the stirrup and to the horse's mane," she said.
The seaman had followed the departing Lionel to the door of the little inn and stood by his stirrup after he had got to horse.
He let his foot down into the stirrup again and they all smiled broadly.
Old English stigrap, literally "climbing rope," from stige "a climbing, ascent" (from Proto-Germanic *stigaz "climbing;" see stair) + rap (see rope). Originally a looped rope as a help for mounting. Germanic cognates include Old Norse stigreip, Old High German stegareif, German stegreif. Surgical device used in childbirth, etc., so called from 1884. Stirrup-cup (1680s) was a cup of wine or other drink handed to a man already on horseback and setting out on a journey, hence "a parting glass" (cf. French le vin de l'etrier).
stirrup stir·rup (stûr'əp, stĭr'-)