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I will be writing about aspects of Spanish history and their traditions. I am a very curious person and have always needed to know "why" they do it, and "how" it came about. So over the years while living in Spain I have made a conscious effort to discover "el porque de las cosas" and I will be sharing them with you. I hope you find it as fascinating as I do.

The Shearing of the Beasts
31 July 2019 @ 21:23

Earlier this month, the young “aloitadores” of Sabucedo, Pontevedra, gathered the wild horses, placed them in a “curro”, shaved them and branded them...

La Rapa das Bestas (The Shearing of the Beasts) is a popular festival which has been in existence since the 18th century. It consists of gathering the wild horses in the mountains, placing them in a “curro” (corral or enclosure), shaving them and branding them. All of this is held in Sabucedo (Pontevedra, Galicia) on the first Saturday, Sunday and Monday of July.

The “curro” in Sabucedo is the most famous of its kind, and its unique feature is that no ropes, sticks or other devices are used to tame the animals. The “aloitadores”, the ones charged with holding the beasts while they are being shaved, may only use their skill and body to perform the job.

Another specific feature of La Rapa das Bestas in Sabucedo is that the “bajada”, or the leading of the horses to the place in Sabucedo, is an integral part of the celebration itself, and hundreds of people from Galicia and beyond participate in it. In 2007, La Rapa das Bestas was declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest.
On Saturday morning (the first day), very early and before climbing the mountain, a stirring mass is held where they address prayers to Saint Lawrence, the patron saint of Sabucedo, to ensure that no accidents or other unfortunate events happen during the festival.

 



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Patricia shaw said:
03 August 2019 @ 10:48

So cruel. What are they doing sitting on the back of a wild horse who has had very little contact with humans. Not sure why you are including this in your on line news letter!


Carol said:
03 August 2019 @ 11:52

Thank you for telling us about this annual event. I will put this on my must do list.


Darcra said:
03 August 2019 @ 12:27

Seems very cruel,to me the horses look terrified, what is it don for, just mans amusement, disgraceful!!


Carol said:
03 August 2019 @ 20:27

I looked this up on the internet. The horses are deloused, which presumably helps them.


Susan Wetherill said:
09 August 2019 @ 02:12

I agree that it looks cruel. There is fear in the horses eyes. They're a flight animal so not being able to escape would terrify them and is likely to cause some injuries. De lousing is neither here nor there. And have you seen an animal being branded. Not a happy sight. The fear of a human jumping down from above would completely panic them. Wish Spain as a whole could be much kinder to its animals.


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