One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The metal loop of a stirrup, in which the rider's foot rests.
- ‘He was challenging aboard 4-5 favourite Vanormix in the Steel Plate Trial Juvenile Novices' Hurdle when his right foot slipped out of the stirrup iron after the final flight.’
- ‘He was accidentally unseated on his way to the winner's circle after losing a stirrup iron after Chateau Istana spooked at a camera car, but remained unscathed and was complimentary of the winning performance.’
- ‘As he swung his leg over to dismount the horse stepped away and left him hopping on one foot with the other caught in the stirrup iron.’
- ‘With a round to go of the 4190-metre journey, the leathers holding her right stirrup iron came loose and dangled under the horse's belly for almost 2000m.’
- ‘Yesterday he even survived losing a stirrup iron at the 21st fence, and his victory was thus a rare piece of horsemanship.’
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