National Geographic : 1951 Apr
518 Andalusian Horsemen Test a Miura Bull Calf's Bravery by Toppling Him with aLance Toreros feel an almost superstitious awe for Andalusia's Miura strain, which has been bred without a break for more than ahundred years. Many bullfighting greats have met death on the horns of Miuras. A generation ago several matadors refused to meet them in the ring. Each January, as rains refresh the grass and strengthen the calves, Miura breeders hold bravery trials to cull anytimid Ferdinand out oftheherds. Here therear horseman, rising in the stirrups, aims his lance at the bull's rump and bowls him heels over head. Then, if the animal gets upand charges, heismarked asaring fighter. If he runs away, he becomes steak (page 516). Even the cows are bravery-tested with cape and muleta, but bulls never receive such trials lest they learn to seekthe man behind thecloth.