Rapa das Bestas - Spanish Horse Wrestling Festival

Sunday, July 20, 2008


What do the Spanish do when they are not bull-fighting? They wrestle wild horses.

More about the 'Rapa das bestas' festival


The Rapa das bestas is an ancient festival in Galicia, Spain.

People gather all the untamed horses in a corral, where men and women of all ages wrestle them to the ground with their bare hands to cut their manes and tales out and brand them. This fiesta goes on for about three days starting the first Saturday of July.



















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Anonymous said...

What a idiots. How did they come on the idea.

Anonymous said...

Evil fuckers.

Anonymous said...

What the fuck is the point? Bored people - shit traditions....
These Spaniards have a lot to learn!

Joe Mitchell said...

Some brilliant photos of the festival. I have to agree with the majority of others who posted here - a bit cruel on the horses if you ask me!
Joe.

Anonymous said...

There are more humane ways of doing this. It is cruel and just makes those horses scared out of their mind. It`s stupid .too. What dumbass would want to wrestle a horse? The Spanish are dumb, ignorant, stupid people. They wouldn't know what entertainment was if it hit the in the face.

Anonymous said...

Afinal quem são as bestas?
As de duas ou quatro patas.
É bem evidente que são as de duas.
Tradição, tradição que venha a Santa Inquisição e que lance na fogueira as BESTAS 1que tanto sofrimento e terror causam nos pobres animais

Anonymous said...

OK lets start from the beginning, American's and other people love to see the things through their cultural perspective, people wants to report this to PETA although the UNESCO considers it a Intangible Human Good, and I promise there is better animal rights protectors inside the UNESCO than iside PETA.

1 It's easy to take the pictures as a cruel act, you should cheek a damn video on how this is done. I love animals, I'm against traditions on my country like Bull Fighting or San Fermines where cruelty is inherently intrinsic on them.

1 These are the last wild horses of Europe, and they are there because of this tradition. No I don't mean that they are kept for the tradition, 1 The animals are trimmed to protect them from ticks and flees, 2 the animals before and after go through a veterinarian checkout. They control that no disease affects the last remaining wild horses of the continent.

2 Yes it could be made different, but sometimes what your eyes see is knot the reality. This people trains all year round on the techniques on how to do this, they don't train with horses of course, and only the people who trains can perform this task no one else is allowed inside.

Why I mention this, because par average taking down the horse and trim it is less than 3 minutes, they are independent studies that were accepted by the UNESCO showing that no serious bruces or contusions happen during the process.

It gets me angry, because you worry about something you don't know or understand at all, somebody posts a few images out of context, you don't check the independent studies, and not only that PETA Spain is completely aware of this and they have never been against it based on the fact that they payed their own studies that showed what I'm saying.

While you complain, you go and eat chicken coming from mass production plants treated inhumanely, not to mention milk cows, wool sheep, pork crates and all the tremendous horrific stuff that farm animals suffer in the US.

And let me repeat it in the US, because in the region where this tradition happens there is also a long tradition on only eat products from the land, and their farm animals still are grown in tradition manners, actually they are a huge exporter of ethical and organic meat derivates to the North and Center of Europe.

Anonymous said...

Saxon people is not only idiotic but hypocrite. If you trace a line through Madrid and you look at the North you will find some of the Regions of Europe that are more aware of Animal welfare, already two states on the North Backed bullfighting, and surveys show that exempt for Navarra, more than 85% of Northen Spaniards are against bullfighting and they expect that it will get banned.
Catalonia was the first region in the whole European Union on closing public animal shelters and giving the money yearly to non profits who take care of stranded animals. These non profits have the mandate to keep the animals in great conditions until they find an owner and there is not a time set, no animal is sacrificed in the Non Profit shelters unless it's for medical needs.

The rules on animal farming are among the hardest in the World, California passed their new rules based on what the Bascs, Catalans and Galician people imposed many years ago. Still California went half way through because their farming industry though the rules were too harsh for them.

Some of the Northen States mandate that there is a slaughterhouse in every county, so animals don't suffer stress due to transport, and there has been a huge investment on techniques to have the animals half way slept in the slaughter houses so they are out of stress there. No animal can be sacrificed out of a slaughter house.

Catalonia has in place some of the hardest penalties in the world on animal cruelty, and together with 5 other regions have tried several times to get laws to incarcerate people who harm animals, or people who neglect animals.

Anonymous said...

hose are competencies of the Central government and they can not be decided by the States.

Catalonia was the first place in the world where big apes where ban on medical experimentation, and one of the regions that pushed harder to ban any cosmetic in the EU that has been experimented with animals.

Put your bullshit together. I can believe also how many stupid comments, I've been in this tradition a couple times, I was with line of the vets that checks the animals.

1 They are timed to keep ticks and other parasites away during the summer, yes it could be done in a different fashion, but these animals have survived wild because humans took care of them once a year.

2 There is no ear mutilation allowed in the 4 main villages where this is done, and those who do it are excluded from the touristic guides about these traditions.

3 These animals are checked before and after by vets, they get shots to protect them from several diseases.

There is a reason why the last herds of wild European horses are in Galicia, and not in your countries, people care for them. It may look brutal but I've been with the vets and they keep records, if any animal is injured, the videos are check and the persons involved are not allowed inside the square for 2 years.

I hate the saxon hypocrisy, you only care about things that don't affect your life style, when it turns to fight for proper conditions of farm animals, or in the case of the US better shelters you don't move a damnn finger, may be it will rise your taxes or may be the price of the food for your burgers, even those animals suffer the worst conditions and mishandling you can imagine, they are tortured since they are born until the day they die.

I live now in the US, I can shop meat because as a vet myself I've seen what is done. Luckilly there is a few people who do the right thing, I have a local farmer pasture raised beef and cow, cage free traditional space for hences, and pigs with a lot of space to do whatever they please them. The funniest part, as for any other local farmer in Maryland, most of the customers are from somewhere else but the US. Americans complain it's expensive they prefer their level 2 meat from whole foods, they feel good about it, Level 2 is industrial rises animals which tinny space and no need of natural light. But since they leveled the food through the humane society, they have seen that that is the level their hypocrite customers are shilling to get, to the point that many supper markets don't offer level 3 and level 4 is rarely found anywhere.

Not to mantion that your index of abandoned animals is higher than any Western country, the shelters kill the animals after 10 days almost everywhere in the country, and there is not clear legislation on maintaining wild animals at home, so thousands of tigers, lions, chimps etc are kept by owners in tinny spaces without the minimum conditions that a 19th century zoo would offer.

Ohh not to forget, last place in the West where Orca Whales are kept in captivity and used for shows, Americans are number one customers of swim with dolphins in the Caribbean, (dauphins that lip he par average 3 years, come from Japanese dolphin slaughtering, and they tend to drawn on purpose to die due to the conditions they live in, but you like to maintain that industry, that one makes a lot of sense.

Not to mention that you are the first consumer of Fur in the West after Russia. Keep your shit together and culture yourselves a bit before speaking, this tradition is controlled and just putting a bunch of out of context pictures does not make it inhumane, as said it keeps alive and wild roaming the last herds of Horses on Europe.

Anonymous said...

OK lets start from the beginning, American's and other people love to see the things through their cultural perspective, people wants to report this to PETA although the UNESCO considers it a Intangible Human Good, and I promise there is better animal rights protectors inside the UNESCO than iside PETA.

1 It's easy to take the pictures as a cruel act, you should cheek a damn video on how this is done. I love animals, I'm against traditions on my country like Bull Fighting or San Fermines where cruelty is inherently intrinsic on them.

1 These are the last wild horses of Europe, and they are there because of this tradition. No I don't mean that they are kept for the tradition, 1 The animals are trimmed to protect them from ticks and flees, 2 the animals before and after go through a veterinarian checkout. They control that no disease affects the last remaining wild horses of the continent.

2 Yes it could be made different, but sometimes what your eyes see is knot the reality. This people trains all year round on the techniques on how to do this, they don't train with horses of course, and only the people who trains can perform this task no one else is allowed inside.

Why I mention this, because par average taking down the horse and trim it is less than 3 minutes, they are independent studies that were accepted by the UNESCO showing that no serious bruces or contusions happen during the process.

It gets me angry, because you worry about something you don't know or understand at all, somebody posts a few images out of context, you don't check the independent studies, and not only that PETA Spain is completely aware of this and they have never been against it based on the fact that they payed their own studies that showed what I'm saying.

While you complain, you go and eat chicken coming from mass production plants treated inhumanely, not to mention milk cows, wool sheep, pork crates and all the tremendous horrific stuff that farm animals suffer in the US.

And let me repeat it in the US, because in the region where this tradition happens there is also a long tradition on only eat products from the land, and their farm animals still are grown in tradition manners, actually they are a huge exporter of ethical and organic meat derivates to the North and Center of Europe.

Unknown said...

We have 'wild' ponies in the U.K too. New Forest Ponies are also rounded up and branded. Tails are cut, but in a distinctive pattern to enable identification, and I believe they are also inoculated/wormed and given reflective collars to protect them on the roads. However wrestling is not necessary as the ponies are funneled from a corral into an individual pen where they can be be more safely handled. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-HqC0CGD9U

topota molder said...

Cutting the horse's hair and removing parasites/having them checked by a vet is bad now? How about the american rodeos? Where animals get abused, receive electric discharges, etc FOR NO REASON AT ALL until they are basically dead ? That's animal cruelty and not this... Use your brain

Anonymous said...

GOOD

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