Or, at least natural born rodeo clowns.
In typical smarty pants fashion, Toe learned the standard riding commands in the first 30 minutes on horseback, and Roo was master of the corral as soon as he stepped in it. So things started off well.
Now, 6 sessions in, Toe is riding alone at a swift trot without sidewalkers, mounting the saddle all by himself, clicking commands and tipping his hat in the ring to the ladies with a Diamond Jim smile. Imagine Robert Redford in his best bib and tuck from The Electric Horseman except 2 or so feet shorter. Toe's a little bit Hollywood and a little bit spaghetti western all rolled into one.
Roo's the only 4 year old in the program, and the youngest one to have mastered riding alone so quickly. He is fearless with the animals, and we have begun to refer to him as Gene Autry. It helps too that Roo sorta views the horses as really tall dogs with enormous teeth who just want a bone and a scratch. Innate ducky charm is also on Roo's side: as soon as he enters the corral the gee gees come swooping in like flies on a shoofly pie. He knows to grease the beasts with chilled apples and a stiff brushing before taking the saddle, guaranteeing himself a grateful and obedient steed. Even if he's riding a piece of crowbait like old Bailey.
They may both be only knee high to the tall grass, but Toe and Roo have turned out to be some talented little rancheros. If you don't believe me, just ask Rhythm, Bailey, Litigator, Stephanie and Barnee. Yeehaw!