Stirrup history

Stirrup history

We will tell you the interesting stirrup history, an invention that made it possible to change the history of war and with it that of many regions of the world.

By a simple modification in the usual way of riding a horse, the way in which wars were fought was altered. When the horse was domesticated, thousands of years ago, in order to use it for agriculture, it was ridden bareback, with a blanket over the animal's back.

The first leather saddle to be placed on horses was used in China During the second century BC, the chair was the first step to what later became a set, at that time it was a complication to get on the horseback riding, even more so when it had to be loaded with weapons. The story goes that Cambyses II king of Persia stabbed himself while trying to jump on a horse.

During the XNUMXth century AD the Chinese began to use cast iron or bronze supports that were used for the feet.

When the stirrup was invented the rider had greater control of the horse, becoming almost an extension of each other. Shooting arrows with greater precision was made easier.

Possibly It was the Avars who brought the stirrup to the West when they came to the Byzantine Empire during the XNUMXth century. In a short time the stirrups were adopted by that empire and then the Franks did the same.

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