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English: The Parthian shot (sometimes incorrectly described as a "parting shot") was a military tactic made famous by the Parthians, an Iranian people. The Parthian archers, mounted on Light horse, would feign retreat; then, at a full gallop, turn their bodies back to shoot at the pursuing enemy. The maneuver required superb equestrian skills, since the rider's hands were occupied by his bow. As the stirrup had not been invented at the time of the Parthians, the rider relied solely on pressure from his legs to guide his horse.