One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A mark on a horse's back resulting from the friction of a saddle, often showing as a whitish patch of hair or skin.
2An area of hair left unclipped on a horse's back where the saddle is placed.
3A natural saddle-like marking on the back of an animal.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in The London Gazette. From saddle + mark.
saddle mark/ˈsadl mɑːk/
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