Blazing saddles

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Blazing saddles

IT’S certainly not something you see everyday.

But residents from San Bartolome de los Pinares, a village 60 miles north west of Madrid, celebrated the annual Luminarias religious festival the same way they do every year, by riding horses through fire.

On the eve of Saint Anthony’s Day, men ride the horses over giant bonfires to remember the patron saint of animals.

The tradition dates back 500 years and is meant to purify and protect the animals for the year to come.

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