saddle sore

noun

Definition of saddle sore

1 : a gall or open sore developing on the back of a horse at points of pressure from an ill-fitting or ill-adjusted saddle
2 : an irritation or sore on parts of the rider chafed by the saddle

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First Known Use of saddle sore

1873

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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saddle sore

Definition of saddle sore for English Language Learners

  • : a sore on the back of a horse caused by a saddle that is not fitted correctly

  • : a sore area on a horse rider's body that is caused by rubbing against the saddle


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