Halfway up the stretch Allis was riding stirrup to stirrup with her father.
The horse was saddled and bridled; the groom held the stirrup, and up I got.
He picked up the bridle-reins, caught the saddle-horn, and thrust his toe into the stirrup.
"I'll hold on to you; and you must hold on to the stirrup and to the horse's mane," she said.
He led her to her horse and held the stirrup for her as she swung to the saddle.
He let his foot down into the stirrup again and they all smiled broadly.
She saw Garnache raise his foot to the stirrup and hoist himself to the saddle.
Fletcher paused, one foot in the stirrup, and looked the fellow up and down.
With his foot in the stirrup he made the cord taut and set the shaft in position.
His foot was in the stirrup when a quick rush sounded behind him.