The raised curved part at the back of a horse’s saddle.
More example sentences
- Failure of tack was not uncommon as well, with saddle cantles breaking and harness straps failing.
- I led him quickly out of the pasture, and before long I had him tacked up and ready to go, complete with a saddle bag tied to the cantle of the saddle.
- He twisted and groped one-handed behind the cantle of his saddle for his hunting-bow and quiver, found them and fumbled them loose.
Middle English (in the sense 'a corner'): from Anglo-Norman French cantel, variant of Old French chantel, from medieval Latin cantellus, from cantus 'corner, side'.
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