Since ancient times, already documented by the historian and geographer Strabon 2000 years ago, in the beginning of the summer, in the mountains of Galicia, Spain, locals collect and tame wild horses.
The ritual consist of with screaming and waving forcing the small Galician horse to descend to the valley from the mountains that they walk free all the year. Then, these horses, in a small round curro (enclosed which retain the horses) are branded and the horsehairs are cut- rapa in Galician.
After a chase and fight inside the “curro”, the “agarradores” control the beast making it possible to cut the hairs.
Some of the horses are sold for the meat market and the rest is released to the wild, where the contact with humans is just going to happen in the following year.
The most famous Rapa das Bestas is the one from Sabucedo, where around 700 horses are rounded in the curro and the festivities last for three days with thousands of visitors.
This picture story is photographed in Sabucedo, Amil and in Canizadas.