On the same weekend that Pamplona's Running of the Bulls began, another festival demonstrated Spain's controversial attitude to animal welfare.

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Aloitadores (fighters) struggle with a wild horse during the Rapa das Bestas (Shearing of the Beasts) in the northwestern Spanish village of SabucedoAFP

During the annual Rapa das Bestas (Taming of the Beasts), hundreds of wild horses are rounded up into a small pen. Men known as Aloitadores (fighters) then struggle with the animals so that they can be sheared and have their manes trimmed.

The annual tradition is held in several villages throughout Galicia in northwestern Spain, with the best known held in Sabucedo.

IBTimesUK presents a gallery from this year's Rapa das Bestas of Sabucedo.

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During the 400-year-old festival, hundreds of wild horses are rounded up from the mountains, and then trimmed and groomedAFP
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Horses fight as they are crowded into a small penReuters
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A man tries to hold on to a wild horse during the Rapa das BestasReuters
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Riders help an injured man during the Rapa Das BestasAFP
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The crowd watches as an "Aloitador" (fighter) jumps on a wild horseAFP
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