Rapa das Bestas

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Trying to hold the horse in Rapa das Bestas of Sabucedo.
Marking a young horse.

Rapa das Bestas (The Shave of the Beasts)[1] is the name of an operation that involves cutting the manes of the wild horses who live free at the mountains in a semi-feral state and that are performed in the curros (enclosed which retain the horses) held in various locations in Galicia (Spain). Those horses live in mountains owned by the villages (a form of property derived from the Suevi, around 8th century) and have several owners (private owners, the parish or the village), each year the foal are marked and the adults shaved and deloused, and then freed again to the mountains.

The best known is the Rapa das Bestas of Sabucedo, in the city hall of A Estrada, which lasts three days: the First Saturday, Sunday and Monday in July. In fact, the name given to the celebration (Rapa das Bestas of Sabucedo), while in most places speaking about curros, including curros de Valga, etc.


Location of the main Rapas
A Coruña
A Capelada (Cedeira) June 29
As Canizadas (A Pobra do Caramiñal) July 12 to 19
Campo da Areosa (Vimianzo) Mid-July
Candaoso (Viveiro) First Sunday of July
Campo do Oso (Mondoñedo) Last Sunday of June
San Tomé (O Valadouro) First Sunday of August
Mougás (Oya) June 8
Morgadáns (Gondomar) June 15
San Cibrán (Gondomar) June 22
Sabucedo (A Estrada) First Friday of July
Monte Castelo (Cotobade) August 3
Domaio (Moaña) August 13
Paradanta (A Cañiza) August 31
O Galiñeiro (Gondomar) August

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  1. ^ Darwin Porter; Danforth Prince (4 Oct 2011). Frommer's Spain 2012 (7 ed.). John Wiley & Sons. p. 21. ISBN 9781118101865.

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