Thursday, 21 February 2013

Bull Fighting Horses

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Most Portuguese bullfights (corridas de touros) are held in two phases: the spectacle of the cavaleiro, followed by the pega. In Portugal, the main stars of bullfighting are the cavaleiros, as opposed to Spain, where the matadores are the most prominent bullfighters. Nevertheless, bullfights with matadores are frequent, notably with Portuguese matadores who practice their trade in Spain and who, when in Portugal, replace the sword in their final strike with a bandarilha. Examples of famous Portuguese matadores are VĂ­tor Mendes and Pedrito de Portugal.
During the cavaleiro, a horseman on a Portuguese Lusitano horse (specially trained for the fights) fights the bull from horseback. The purpose of this fight is to stab three or four bandeirilhas (small javelins) in the back of the bull.
Pega de caras
In the second stage, called the pega, the forcados, a group of eight men, challenge the bull directly without any protection or weapon of defense. The front man provokes the bull into a charge to perform a pega de cara or pega de caras (face catch). The front man secures the animal's head and is quickly aided by his fellows who surround and secure the animal until he is subdued. Many people who watch Portuguese-style bullfights in the United States use the term, "suicide squad", to refer to this group of eight men.
Bull Fighting Horses

Bull Fighting Horses
Bull Fighting Horses
Bull Fighting Horses
Bull Fighting Horses
Bull Fighting Horses
Bull Fighting Horses
Bull Fighting Horses
Bull Fighting Horses
Bull Fighting Horses
Bull Fighting Horses
Bull Fighting Horses

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