We are all aware of the American idiom of “back in the saddle again” and the phrase “saddle up” referring to the world of cowboys and their way of life. When someone said, “saddle up” is was a way to communicate it was time to leave. Hence we all can related to the idiom in our own world as a means to illustrate overcoming life’s adversity and getting back into the game of life whether it be personal or work related challenges.
Using the same ideology or phrasing, it is likely many people understand the phrase normally expressed by the words, “do I have a saddle on my back?” referring to being rode by someone else to get things done or completed. The fact is in life, we all have a saddle on our backs and how we deal with it is very important. As a metaphor a “saddle” may be a burden or task or even a responsibility in life or career choices.
The metaphor “saddle” is and can be varied on the situation or situations faced with in your life. Whether or not the metaphor is a positive or negative connotation is up to the person’s own perspective and ability to handle such a challenge or barrier when faced with it.
Regardless, we all bear the burden of sitting in the saddle and whether we sit tall [proud] or upright is up to how you view your life in general as it is maintained by your own values, integrity and character whenever possible..
Nowhere in this analogy is there a suggestion you just sit back and relax. Sitting in the saddle and doing your job will in many ways keep your boss off your back. In metaphorical terms it will keep him from riding you and putting a saddle on your back to get things done. Getting back in the saddle bring self-confidence into the mix as well as leadership and a proactive approach to finish what is started.
A great employee focuses on the positive things in life and business. They know there will be adversities but sitting upright in the saddle and getting the job done right will keep their boss or other persons in charge off their backs removing any faint idea or notion there is a saddle on his or her back.
Sitting in the saddle could also be referred to as being in the driver’s seat or the person in charge or control of things or persons around them. Life can be and is often irritating to some and are often expressed as having “a burr under one’s saddle” meaning that someone or something is irritation him or her. Sarcasm can also be prompted by the use of the word “saddle” as one can say something looks or is ridiculous without coming out and saying the word.
The expression would be similar to saying it “looks like a saddle on a sow” giving it a ridiculous undertone. Last but not least, we can use the word “saddle” to refer to someone or something that reflects or perceives a situation to be a burden or something undesirable in your life or work. Saying you are “saddled up with someone” reflects being stuck with someone you either don’t like or don’t want to work with.
They can be regarded as annoying or difficult people to deal with either as a supervisor or a co-worker. Regardless, the metaphor “saddle” is widely used and applied in work and life. How you perceive it depends on the situation it is applied to at the moment it is used.