saddle sore


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for saddle-sore

  • The senator was saddle-sore as well as hungry, and his temper showed in his blood-shot eyes.

    The Quirt|B.M. Bower
  • Stiff and saddle-sore as he was, Eckstein leaped out of his chair with an oath.

    Empire Builders|Francis Lynde
  • I could make that appointment, saddle-sore and weary as I was, but I doubted we could get the wagons there.

  • He was saddle-sore and weary, but his purpose knew no weakening.

British Dictionary definitions for saddle-sore



sore after riding a horse
(of a horse or rider) having sores caused by the chafing of the saddle

noun saddle sore

such a sore
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