El Toro Bravo

El toro bravo
Bullfighting is a spectacle and a tradition that has evolved through out history. Many centuries ago the bull (El Toro bravo) lived on the Iberians Peninsula in Spain. Many different cultures have change the way of bullfighting. It started out for fun by the Iberians. They called the bull Ibiricus Taurus Bos. Bullfighting then progressed to the Cretes, Greeks, Comors, Visgaits, Moors and lastly the Christians. Each of them have
changed bullfighting to what it is today.

Many people have influenced bullfighting. Goya and Picasso who are very famous artist influence bullfighting by painting pictures of bullfighting. Ernest Hemingway was a famous writer who wrote about bullfighting. El Cid was famous for killing a bull with a spear in public. Pedro Romero was famous for killing 5600 bulls during his career as a
matador. Joexic Castilleres was the father of bullfighting. He invented the Traje de Luces(The Suit of Lights). Each of these people have influenced bullfighting in many ways.

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Today breeders look for the littlest fault in the bull and if found the bull goes to the slaughter house. The bull in Spanish means DEATH so, it doesn’t matter any way they get shipped to be eaten. What the breeder looks for in a bull is if it is aggressive and stubborn. He also checks how big the bull is and to see if he is muscular. He checks to see if his legs are short. The bulls horns have to be big and long, almost perfect. The bull needs big morillos (shoulders) and small body. Most bulls see no color just black and
white. They seek movement when they charge and they weight around 1000 pounds or 500 kilos.
The breeders now test the male bull and the hefer when it is two years old in a tienta. They stab the bull or hefer with a gorrocha (long spear with a short knife on the end) in the morillos to see the bulls way of charge. If the bull or hefer pass they go to the field and gets tested with the vara (A long stick to knock the bull down). The breeders look to see if the bull or hefer gets back up to show their bravery. If the male does fine he goes to the ranch and waits until he is four or five then fights. If the hefer passes she gets breaded.


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