Monday, February 27, 2012

Hippophobia: The Fear of Horses

Hippophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of horses.  A traumatic or any kind of negative experience involving a horse during childhood or anytime can trigger this phobia.  Hippophobia is also known as Equinophobia.
A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.
Do you suffer from Hippophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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