The rein in Spain goes somewhere quite insane…
Blog Guy, I saw these amazing photos from Spain, with dudes riding horses through fire. What’s that about?
It’s the annual Saint Anthony purification ceremony. They ride their horses through bonfires placed around the village, to “purify” the animals with fire and smoke.
Do horses actually need purification?
I can’t imagine why they would. I’ve known a lot of unpurified horses myself, and they were pretty nice. I don’t know why this one village seems to produce so many impure horses.
I don’t like this at all. Don’t you think they should stop this tradition?
No way. They should just leave the real horses out of it. If a bunch of humans want to put on horse costumes and then stupidly gallop through an inferno, that’s fine with me. What’s the downside?
“Okay, Herb and Ernie, it’s your turn. Who gets to be the horse’s butt this year?”
Above: Man drinks alcohol during the Saint Anthony purification ceremony in the village of San Bartolome de los Pinares, Spain, January 16, 2009. According to tradition, revelers ride their horses through bonfires placed around the village to purify the animals with fire and smoke.
Below: Men ride horses through flames at the ceremony.
REUTERS photos by Susana Vera