Horse-fighting a bloody Chinese New Year tradition in southern China
China (AFP) - Hooves clash in mid-air, a stallion bites his opponent while delighted spectators cheer wildly - in southern China some saw in the Year of the Horse by watching the animals fight.
For the residents of Tiantou, a remote village in the Guangxi region, the 500-year-old tradition that pits male horses against each other in a fight over a female was the only way to kick off the Lunar New Year.
"Without horse fighting it wouldn't feel like a new year," said Mr Pan Jianming, whose horse Little Black reared-up on its hind legs and bit its opponent's neck to scoop victory in a competition this weekend.
"He stood up and hit the other horse straight away," Mr Pan, a 31-year-old air conditioner repairman, said.