Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In a vehicle, a bar upon the ends of which the body is supported. It lies parallel with the axle, and rests upon the center of the elliptic spring.
“When raw to the hunting-field, and of course liable to falls, it is well to use the spring-bar stirrups which open, not at the side, but at the eye holding the stirrup-leather; the same that I recommend for the use of ladies.”
“Of three sorts of single stirrup-leathers the smoothest is with a loop to go over the spring-bar, and with an adjusting buckle just above the stirrup-iron: or the strap may take off and on the iron by a slip loop, and passing over the spring-bar as usual, be fastened, and its length adjusted, by a _loose_ buckle, which, though it is only attached to the strap by the tongue, is perfectly secure.”
“But the great objection to this sort of stirrup-leather is, that it cannot with safety be used with the spring-bar; for when off the bar it remains attached to the saddle, and acts as a scourge to the horse.”
“This might be useful in case of a fall on the off side, when the action of the spring-bar of the saddle might be impeded.”
“a = D = above the knee, and with a double strap and buckle between the = D = and the spring-bar.”
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