saddle an animal up

saddle up

1. To fit a saddle onto an animal, especially a horse, in order to ride it. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "saddle" and "up." Norm, go saddle up the horses for our guests, please. We finished saddling the mules up and got ready for our descent into the Grand Canyon.
2. To sit in an animal's saddle in order to ride it. There's a storm coming—we'd better saddle up and head back to the ranch.
See also: saddle, up

saddle an animal up

to put a saddle on a horse or some other beast of burden. Please saddle my horse up. I have to leave. Would you saddle up my horse for me?
See also: animal, saddle, up