I used to be pretty good with horses too. I was never a great rider, but could control ex-racehorses that others couldn't and befriend Arabs that would then do whatever I asked on a really loose rein.
After an ex-girlfriend left me in charge of her cat for a month, she was shocked that I could voice-command it to stay out of the kitchen whilst preparing his food. Her daughter thought I must have somehow bullied it, but this was back in the 80s. I've since seen Cesar Millan doing almost exactly the same to show dogs where their boundaries are. I didn't need to even touch her cat; hissing and repeating, "Out" was enough. They might pretend to be stupid, though in control, but they're neither. My GF's daughter was well p*ss*d off that the furry flea bag only wanted my lap once she got back!
I've always been good with animals, but I miss that cat especially. It would have made a wonderful Russian hat!