By: Megan O'Steen
Nearly 8% of people around the world are known to suffer from various animal phobias.
- Feeling of terror
- Anxiety (even if the horse is calm)
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden increase in pulse rate
NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs’ Eric Berry has Equinohpobia.
Negative experiences with horses during one's childhood may give rise to this phobia.
Equinophobia may also be triggered by a fall from a horse. In many cases, people begin to avoid horses and this gradually develops from fear to a full-blown phobia.
The phobia can also be caused by a simple fear of the animal itself. A horse's imposing size and weight and large teeth may scare some people, especially children.
Negative media portrayals of horses and stallions may add to one's fears.