Originally posted on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 11/14/12
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Eric Berry isnt afraid of knocking heads with 6-foot-4 tight ends. Or of making kamikaze runs downfield on special teams. But horses? No thanks. Anything in the horse family zebras, cows, anything thats close to resembling that, the Kansas City Chiefs safety said Wednesday. I just dont deal with them. Berry admits he suffers from equinophobia, a psychological fear of horses. Of course, this can lead to, shall we say, awkward moments during home games, where horseplay is a big part of the Arrowhead Stadium mystique. The Chiefs parade Warpaint, a Paint horse, around the field during pregame ceremoines and after every Kansas City score, a tradition that dates back the franchises early years in Kansas City. Berrys horse issues came to light after footage of him commenting rather unfavorably about Warpaint during the Chiefs Oct.28 oss to Oakland was captured by NFL Films cameras. The third-year defensive back said the fear stems from a childhood field trip to a farm, during which he recalled being chased by a pony. Or something along those lines. Now that I think about it, I dont even know that it was chasing me, Berry said. I probably just over-reacted. But still I dont deal with them. You just dont know what a horse is thinking. Can you look at a horse and tell what a horse is thinking? Like, it could possibly kick you, run you over, bite you Berry said his first special teams coach with the Chiefs, Steve Hoffman, was aware of his phobia and even made a point to let him know when Warpaint was on the field so that Berry wouldnt panic at the sight of the animal while on kickoff coverage. My agent (Chad Speck), hes trying to get me over that, because hes big into horses and stuff like that, Berry said. Hes like, Man, weve got to get you used to being around horses, and stuff like that. Im like, Chad, Im straight. Im straight. You can have that. You can follow Sean Keeler on Twitter @seankeeler or email him at seanmkeeler@gmail.com
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