ALEGRETE, Brazil (AP) Wearing traditional broad-brimmed hats and red neckerchiefs, their trousers tucked into soft, leather boots, the South American gauchos trot on handsome horses down the street of the small southern community. Some of the Brazilian cowboys ride with little girls wearing old-fashioned dresses.
After all, the expression so associated with bushido is "the Way of the horse and bow", not "the Way of the sword." Besides, unlike knightly chivalric tales and combat accounts, the majority of single combats between samurai described in feudal Japanese literature took place with daggers not swords.
While the other horses stood tied to the trailer, heads down, eyes lifeless, and the horse trader spoke about the qualities of horses #4 and #6, our eyes were locked on that poor horse #5 and he stared at us.
Mary Rogers of Red Hills Equine Veterinary Services, drove through the worst of the weather, in a tremendous thunderstorm, at 25 mph with the flashers on to come to the farm to take care of this horse. It was a terrible time for all of us because we were helpless and this horse was so pitiful.
We don’t even remember what the horse trader said about the other horses; we just stared in disbelief that anyone could abuse and neglect a horse like they had horse #5.