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The Rapas de Bestas Festival
 By Winniefield Park   •   20th Jul 2019   •   421 views   •   1 comments


The Rapas de Bestas Festival or The Capture of the Beasts, in Spain is an annual festival that takes place every July in Spain. This centuries old festival has become a tourist attraction, but has also come under the scrutiny of animal welfare activists. While rooted in tradition, calls for changes to what is perceived as rough handling of the animals are growing.

The purpose of the Rapas is to count and mark feral horses by cutting a swatch of mane. However, the handling of the horses is anything but gentle. Horses are rounded up from the surrounding wilderness, and are wrestled to the ground in some cases so they can be marked by their owners.

Rapa das Bestas or The Capture of the Beasts involves cutting the manes of feral horses. Every year the foal are marked and the adults shaved and deloused, and then freed again to the mountains. The best known event is Rapa das Bestas of Sabucedo, in the city hall of A Estrada on the First Saturday, Sunday and Monday in July.


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What breed are they, lovely looking ponies. Dont get why they take the tails off they need them for flies, and why not coral them rather then scare the poor things to death jumping on them.
  Jul 21, 2019  •  1,993 views
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