Definition of in the saddle in English:

in the saddle

phrase

  • 1On horseback.

    ‘a six-day trail ride, with six hours daily in the saddle’
    • ‘Warm temperatures during the week made plenty of stops essential to water the horses but the riders coped well, spending up to six hours a day in the saddle.’
    • ‘For any type of riding, you must have forward motion, but many riders hinder this by not sitting up in the saddle.’
    • ‘Manolo, the horseman, haggard after twelve hours in the saddle and a sleepless night, reached out to shake me fully awake.’
    • ‘The Irish rider, winner of six jockey titles in the UK, has few equals in the saddle and boasts a habit of bouncing back from troubles.’
    • ‘Stewards found the racecourse had been used as a training ground and that jockey Timmy Murphy had made insufficient effort in the saddle.’
    • ‘By the end of the lesson, she is sitting deep in the saddle as her horse canters in a controlled, relaxed manner.’
    • ‘Mrs Tomlinson and her brother aim to finish the journey in three weeks and will spend five or six hours a day in the saddle.’
    • ‘If your legs are weak, your entire sense of balance in the saddle will be off.’
    • ‘A lot of beginners can be rhythmical on the ground but once they're in the saddle, they tend to hold their breath and react when they get frightened.’
    • ‘Sitting deeply in the saddle will encourage the horse to slow down and take shorter steps.’
    1. 1.1 In a position of control or responsibility.
      ‘strategic Toryism must get back in the saddle’
      • ‘Jonathan has already contacted clients telling them about his mishap and is looking forward to getting straight back in the saddle.’
      • ‘Army careers were flexible in the 19th century, and there is no reason why Hervey should not stay in the saddle almost till Crimea.’
      • ‘He must be thrilled to be back in the saddle, running for president, which is the only thing he knows how to do.’
      • ‘Back in the saddle again, we go, folks, with all placid on the Y2K front, bogus threat that it was.’
      • ‘The drama immediately puts the working class in the saddle as the necessary actor and rescuer of the said society.’
      • ‘He actually became a judge at the unusual age of 15 and his reputation kept him in the saddle ever since.’
      • ‘It's one of Cronenberg's best works, and may just put him back in the saddle with the non-arthouse crowds.’
      in charge, in command, in control, responsible, at the top, in authority, in the seat of authority, at the wheel, in the driving seat, at the helm
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