The Spanish fighting bull in its habitat
The tentadero, an exercise where the bulls’ bravery is tested, is the first step. The process is as follows: bulls are engaged in an open field with branches so that they don’t become familiar with the muleta (a stick with a red cloth) or the cape too soon. They are first put with cows and then with males to see if they will attack… It’s always a challenge to choose the bulls that will put up the greatest fight in a bullring. The tentaderos are organized before the season begins, providing bullfighters with the perfect training session. Visiting a ranch with fighting bulls, eating alongside and participating in fieldwork with the breeders and experts is an unforgettable experience.
This is especially true if, during the months of the tentadero (November to April), you have the chance to witness one of these tests of bravery first-hand.