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NFL Films Tackles Eric Berry's Crippling Fear Of Horses

We learned last year that Chiefs safety Eric Berry suffered from equinophobia—a terrible, irrational fear of horses. Naturally, Berry plays for the team that has a horse run across the field after each touchdown. But where does Berry's fear come from?

When questioned about it, Berry merely asked rhetorically, "Can you look at a horse and tell what a horse is thinking?" But now NFL films has gone deeper on Berry, with a seven-minute feature focusing on his phobia and the root of his fears. Not surprisingly, Berry was bitten by petting zoo horse as a kid. Berry recalls his feeling of betrayal:

"It was like, 'dang, horse...I trusted you.'"

Berry is attempting to beat his phobia through exposure techniques. The video shows him hanging paintings of horses in his home, wearing a horse hand puppet, even coloring in a drawing of a horse on a coloring book. (He draws fire coming out of its nostrils.) "Possibly, one day, I could appreciate horses for who they are," he says.

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The climactic moment is a meeting with touchdown horse Warpaint herself. I won't spoil it. Go watch the video at NFL.com for yourself.

Then, enjoy the original segment from 2012 that first introduced the world to Eric Berry's equinophobia:

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