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Rapa Das Bestas | Claire O'Hara Photography

Rapa Das Bestas is a festival that dates back to the early 18th century. Wild ponies are rounded up on foot from mountains around Galicia. They are then caught by hand, vaccinated, wormed and micro-chipped. Sabucedo is the village where this tradition is most authentic. Historically the round up was to collect mane and tail hair from the ponies, which was made into brushes, mats and stuffed mattresses.  A few of the ponies were kept for consumption or farm work.

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