SADDLE (Heb. mercāv, a riding seat). The verb habhash, “to bind on,” is used of getting a beast (always a donkey) ready for riding (
SADDLE (מֶרְכָּב, H5323, חָבַשׁ, H2502, covering, riding seat; verb to wrap firmly, to tighten the girths).
Perhaps an early invention of the Persians, the saddle served both as a carriage for riders and as a covering to prevent the animal’s back from chafing. It is used in the former sense in
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
sad’-’-l: As noun (merkabh, "a riding seat") the word occurs in