IT is one of the most evocative scenes to be found in Europe.
And it is hard to tell who is more nervous: the untamed horses about to get their manes and tails cut off, or the hardy locals attempting to do the job.
The event happens every year in the Galician village of Sabudeco, where hundreds of wild horses are rounded up from the nearby mountains.
It is part of the age-old Rapa das Bestas (‘taming the beast’) festival, which took place last week.
After the horses are put in a corral, men and women are challenged to wrestle the untamed horses to the ground, and cut off their tails and manes.
Lacking weapons or ropes as they confront the boisterous horses, the wrestlers or aloitadores must use their bare hands—and a healthy dose of courage—to control the beasts.