This is from a real photograph that I took living here in Ecuador about 9 years ago.
I guess from the bull's perspective, this evens out the playing field a bit. If the cowboy doesn't wear his boots and has the spurs to slow him down when he runs away from the bull after he has been thrown and has to run across a stony field to get away.... it might be considered, "Even steven". The bull has a greater chance to catch up with the cowboy and give him a piece of his mind for shoving spurs into his side.
I guess the is the original Macho thing. I also have to include that copious amounts of aquardiente were consumed at this event.
In honesty, I find this painting also about the ability for the people here in Ecuador to endure, use what they have, and still find fun and enjoy the process of life. I know that I certainly could never do this, and I am sure that there are many a cowboy out there in the rodeo circuit who count never do this either.
This painting was created with winsor and newton water color markers, black pen and Canson multi media water color paper, A3