I often wonder if the people who participate in these kinds of festivals have previous experience with the animals. It looks like a pretty good way for man and beast to get hurt, even if one is familiar with horses. See more photos from the Rapa Das Bestas here.
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An 'Aloitador' fighter tries to control a wild horse during the Rapa Das Bestas festival on Saturday, July 3 in Sabucedo, Spain. Wild horses are caught in the hills and taken down to the Corral of Sabucedo where they are sheared and tagged in the Rapa Das Bestas or 'Shearing of the Beasts'.