IT is an awe-inspiring sight.
To celebrate the feast day of the patron saint of animals, highly-skilled Spanish horse riders jump through flaming bonfires in a death-defying spectacle.
As villagers look on in amazement, horsemen and their equally-courageous mounts embark on the heated leaps of faith.
Every year, the villagers of San Bartolome de Pinares, west of Madrid, are treated to the show – in honour of St Anthony Abad.
Before the sparks fly, the horses are blessed by a priest as part of the holy 500-year-old tradition that is believed to purify and protect the animals.
Egyptian-born Abad has been recognised as the patron saint of domesticated animals since the Middle Ages.
Let’s hope he continues to protect these brave horses.
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