A CONTROVERSIAL ancient festival where wild horses are rounded up to be sheered and tagged has kicked off.
Approximately 25,000 people were expected to attend the Rapa das Bestas (shearing of the beasts), a 400-year-old Spanish festival held between July 1 and 4.
In pictures: Horse wrestling
During the event hundreds of wild horses are rounded up from the mountains of Sabucedo, Spain, before being sheered and then released back into the wilderness with a micro-chip.
Tradition sees the owners collect the horses from the land and divide them into groups before subduing the animals.