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Doctor_Impossible_ t1_jbezziq wrote

> Before the introduction of stirrups you would have a lot less stability.

Stirrups are considered important for allowing you to fight more effectively while on horseback. Simply riding without stirrups is not a problem at all.


kerill333 t1_jbf1gih wrote

Stirrups make riding a lot easier, and safer.


War_Hymn t1_jbfntph wrote

If you have a decent saddle. But most early horsemen (including the Macedonian companion cavalrymen that rode with Alexander the Great) had nothing more than a thick blanket or hide to cushion the back of the horse. This sort of riding took a lot more skill.