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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If your legs are weak, your entire sense of balance in the saddle will be off.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the end of the lesson, she is sitting deep in the saddle as her horse canters in a controlled, relaxed manner.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Manolo, the horseman, haggard after twelve hours in the saddle and a sleepless night, reached out to shake me fully awake.’
    • ‘Sitting deeply in the saddle will encourage the horse to slow down and take shorter steps.’
    • ‘For any type of riding, you must have forward motion, but many riders hinder this by not sitting up in the saddle.’
    • ‘Stewards found the racecourse had been used as a training ground and that jockey Timmy Murphy had made insufficient effort in the saddle.’
    1. 1.1 In a position of control or responsibility.
      ‘strategic Toryism must get 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.’
      • ‘It's one of Cronenberg's best works, and may just put him back in the saddle with the non-arthouse crowds.’
      • ‘He must be thrilled to be back in the saddle, running for president, which is the only thing he knows how to do.’
      • ‘Jonathan has already contacted clients telling them about his mishap and is looking forward to getting straight back in the saddle.’
      • ‘He actually became a judge at the unusual age of 15 and his reputation kept him in the saddle ever since.’
      • ‘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.’
      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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