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Aquitaine Local Customs: 10 reviews and 38 photos
Now comes the cavalry, with the picadores. The bull is “guided at the right moment to the horse which it charges; the picador pushes his lance in the neck of the animal who does not leave pressure if he is “brave”. This cruel operation is mainly (in tauromachic technical vision) intended the test the bravery of the bull and the weaken him, particularly his neck. There is a crosspiece on the lance which prevents it to deepen further than 15 cm, in order not to kill the bull immediately. . . . The bleeding begins. . . .
Then come the banderilleros who will pick their banderillas (wooden sticks with harpoon shaped iron heads) on the neck of the bull. It is a very spectacular (and dangerous) operation where the toreros need skill and speed. Well, it is a really sporty, adrenaline generating thing, but, cruel, exciting the bull, animating him for fighting. On the last picture, the bull is “ready” for the faena, the most important part of the corrida, in tercio tres.
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