The Story of a Piebald Horse
W. H. Hudson (1862-1922) is best known for his stories, which give a vivid picture of South American life. He was a gifted naturalist and keen observer of wildlife and landscapes, as well as an acute and astute judge of humans and their characters. In The Story of a Piebald Horse, a stranger appears at the cattle branding one day, and in an unfortunate incident he is accidentally killed. His piebald horse, saddle, and other posessions are kept by one of the ranchers until the stranger can be identified and his family contacted. In the hope that some traveller will recognize the stranger's horse, he ties it up beside the local inn. After a time, a group of herders passing through do recognize the horse... and they tell a most extraordinary tale....