sit tall in the/(one's) saddle

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sit tall in the/(one's) saddle

To be or remain proud, stoical, or august in one's manner or composure. Even after two years of a losing war, the general still sat tall in his saddle before his troops. I'll have nothing to do with your schemes or plot. One day, you're going to be locked up and lose everything, and I'll be sitting tall in the saddle when you do.
See also: saddle, sit, tall
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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sat tall in the saddle Saturday as he rode the horse trail at Stoney Point on horseback, alongside more than 50 riders.
The nearly 3-year-old tot sat tall in the saddle for what her grandfather, Ken Cheney, 58, Garden Grove, estimated was her fourth pony ride, then led him to the petting zoo for the second time, where she patted baby goats, a baby zebra, a llama, a pot-bellied pig and other furry critters in turn.