Get back in the saddle

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Get back in the saddle is an idiom. We will examine the meaning of the idiom get back in the saddle, where it came from, and some examples of its idiomatic usage in sentences.

To get back in the saddle means to return to something after an absence; to make another attempt after suffering a failure; to return to something that is familiar. The expression get back in the saddle came into use in the 1800s. The image is of someone, such as a jockey or cowboy, who has fallen off a horse and must get back in the saddle to resume riding the horse. Common wisdom dictates that someone who falls off a horse must immediately return to the saddle in order to conquer the horse’s temperament and one’s fears. Related phrases are gets back on the horse, got back on the horse, getting back on the horse.


Armed with a rekindled desire to get back in the saddle and set forth on a new adventure, plans for a third instalment of the Long Way series quickly fell into place. (The Herald Scotland)

She said: “I think it was that sign that I was ready to get back in the saddle and it’s been such a good job to do. (The Glasgow Evening Times)

“We’re excited to get back in the saddle again,” said William “Biff” Genda, whose property has hosted nearly 500 weddings since he purchased Rosemont in 2009. (The Winchester Star)

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