Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/14/12
Eric Berry is a Pro Bowl safety and one of the most fearless players in the NFL. But bring a horse around him, and he’s immediately just as afraid as any other “Anything in the horse family — zebras, cows, anything that’s close to resembling that,” Berry said on Wednesday, according to Fox Sports. “I just don’t deal with them.” Berry suffers from a rare complex known as equinophobia, which is better known as the fear of horses. And to make matters worse, Berry’s place of work isn’t very sensitive to his fears. The Chiefs parade a horse known as Warpaint around the field before games and after every score, which fortunately for Berry hasn’t been very often this season. The tradition goes back to the early years of the Kansas City franchise and is embraced by Chiefs fans as a symbol of their pride and success. But Berry hasn’t been too pleased by the team’s beloved mascot. The issue first came about when a video began floating around last week about the Chiefs’ safety’s unusual problem during the Chiefs loss to Oakland. But the fear isn’t some new reaction he picked up because of Warpaint, rather it’s a fear that he’s had all his life as he admitted. Berry recalled the root of his fears on Wednesday, explaining that it stems from a childhood trip to a farm where he was chased around by a pony. “Now that I think about it, I didn’t even know that it was chasing me … I probably just over-reacted. But still — I don’t deal with them,” Berry said. “You just don’t 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.” The unpredictability can be viewed as a legitimate issue, but couldn’t you always say the same thing about a dog, a cat or I don’t know maybe a goldfish even? I wonder if Berry’s ever had a pet. And if he has, how has he reacted to its playful advances? Either way, it does seem that the Chiefs could be a bit more sensitive to his feelings about the animal and at least keep it as far away from him as possible. Who knows? Maybe that has something to do with Kansas City boasting one of the worst defenses in football. But that’s merely a thought been gnawing at me for a while and seemed to gallop through my head at the right time. Alright enough terrible puns, check out Berry’s hilarious highlight tape below. Photo via Facebook/Eric Berry
PLAYERS: Eric Berry
TEAMS: Kansas City Chiefs
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Martin detained after seeking help at hospital

Siemian downplays Broncos players pining for Cousins

FBI documents show widespread payments to top college, high school players

Legal expert: 'Real chance NBA could come down hard' on Mavs

Report: Chiefs, Rams agree to trade for Marcus Peters

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Source: Dan Gilbert won't do 'what it takes to keep' LeBron

Kyrie Irving on forcing trade to Celtics: ‘I’m glad I took a chance’

Report: Bennett wants to keep playing, could return to Pats

Jameis Winston cited for careless driving after ‘minor collision’

Steelers GM pays tribute to standing Ryan Shazier at awards banquet

Paul Heyman says Brock Lesnar could still return to UFC

The 'Let’s play QB roulette' quiz

NHL Weekender: Playoff races heat up as trade deadline looms

MLB breakout candidates for the 2018 season

No one wants to jump with Dennis Smith Jr.

NFL players who could be traded before draft

Negro Leaguers every baseball fan should know

Top MLB Cy Young candidates heading into 2018

The greatest barrier-breaking African-American moments in MLB history

Faltering Blackhawks face tough decisions at deadline

MLB's top 10 first basemen for 2018

25 best MLB players under 25

A.J. McCarron might be the best consolation prize in free agency

Chiefs News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

MLB breakout candidates for the 2018 season

The 'Let’s play QB roulette' quiz

NHL Weekender: Playoff races heat up as trade deadline looms

No one wants to jump with Dennis Smith Jr.

The 'Kawhi so serious?' quiz

Top MLB Cy Young candidates heading into 2018

25 best MLB players under 25

The 'Red Sox finally get their guy' quiz

MLB's top 10 first basemen for 2018

Faltering Blackhawks face tough decisions at deadline

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker