- an irritation or sore on a horse caused by the rubbing of a poorly adjusted saddle.
- an irritation or sore on a rider caused by a saddle.
Origin of saddle sore
First recorded in 1945–50
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Examples from the Web for saddle-sore
He was saddle-sore and weary, but his purpose knew no weakening.The Twins of Suffering Creek
I could make that appointment, saddle-sore and weary as I was, but I doubted we could get the wagons there.Tales of lonely trails
Stiff and saddle-sore as he was, Eckstein leaped out of his chair with an oath.Empire Builders
The senator was saddle-sore as well as hungry, and his temper showed in his blood-shot eyes.The Quirt
- sore after riding a horse
- (of a horse or rider) having sores caused by the chafing of the saddle
- such a sore