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Wild Horses Rounded Up in ‘Taming of the Beasts’ Spanish Festival

Image: A reveller tries to hold on to a wild horse during the "Rapa Das Bestas" traditional event in the Spanish northwestern village of Sabucedo
A reveler tries to hold on to a wild horse during the "Rapa Das Bestas" traditional event in the Spanish northwestern village of Sabucedo on July 5, 2014. Reuters

On the first weekend of July, hundreds of wild horses are rounded up during the "Rapa Das Bestas" (taming of the beasts) in different villages in the Spanish northwestern region of Galicia. The more than 400-year-old festival lasts four-days, during which the horses are wrestled to the ground by hand to have their manes and tails sheared.

Image: Rapa Das Bestas Wild Horses Festival In Sabucedo
Aloitadores (fighters) tame wild horses during the 'Rapa das Bestas' (taming of the beasts) on July 5, 2014 in Sabucedo, Spain. Denis Doyle / Getty Images