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Taking place every July across Galicia, the Rapa das Bestas, or the “Shearing of the Beasts,” involves cutting the manes of semiferal horses that live in the mountains. Horses are rounded up into enclosures called curros, where the foals are branded and the adults groomed before being freed.
Photographer: Javier Arcenillas
Location: Pontevedra, Spain
Category: Natural World