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When summertime comes in Galicia (Northwest of Spain), the use of “curro” begins. A ritual which preserves the free and wild spirit of this region which has remained traditionally tied to nature.<br />
This tradition consists of marking and shaving horses' horsehair from those who live in freedom. It happens in the “curros”, closed stalls where locals gather the cattle. The most expert breeders, called “aloitadores”, hold a huge struggle with the horses until these are tamed. They mark them with hot irons to identify the owner and the horsehair is cut for their well-being in the wild. Afterwards they are taken back into the forests where they live.<br />
Sabucedo's Rapa Das Bestas, 40 km from the capital Santiago de Compostela, is the most famous “curro” in Galicia. Every year more than 500 horses are gathered from Montouto Hills and it features the struggle with bare hands between man and animal. Around Rapa Das Bestas a feast takes place, with tasting of octopus and wine, therefore it turns into an authentic popular festival. © Adrián Irago
When summertime comes in Galicia (Northwest of Spain), the use of “curro” begins. A ritual which preserves the free and wild spirit of this region which has remained traditionally tied to nature.
This tradition consists of marking and shaving horses' horsehair from those who live in freedom. It happens in the “curros”, closed stalls where locals gather the cattle. The most expert breeders, called “aloitadores”, hold a huge struggle with the horses...
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