“I don’t think people really understand the magnitude of what boss meant to Loni. I not only saw the love they had for each other, I felt it. I had the pleasure of being boss’s aunt and babysat him many times and witnessed their bond together. From the very beginning when she first bought him as a 4-year-old he was sort of an outlaw and would buck sometimes, but I think she knew deep down that he was special and she wasnt going to give up on him. Here we are, over 11 years later and he became one of the greatest breakaway horses out there. He was a very sweet, gentle, kind horse but he was also kind of a grump when he wanted to be and when he just wasn’t feeling it, he’d let you know. Jenna Caldarola
One of the nights I was watching him, I was going to get his grain ready and I had my ‘Boss list,’ of all his supplements. I remember laughing, because I dumped them all in. At that time I was battling breast cancer and i yelled out to my now fiance, Ryan Thibodeaux ‘This horse gets better care than I do, and I have breast cancer!’ Another time I was babysitting Boss, I had to take him down to my parents’ house with me. I made a pit stop at a rodeo so I could rope on the way. I remember feeling like I was watching someone’s toddler who just learned how to walk, and if I took my eyes off him something was going to happen. So, I ponied him as I was warming up for the rodeo and i took him in the arena with me because I was too scared to leave him tied anywhere.
Ryan always teased Loni, telling her ‘He’s a horse, he’s not made of glass!’ and she would reply with her little giggle and say ‘But it’s Boss!’ I think she was just as special to him as he was to her. The way he would raise his head up and look over to her when she would talk and the look in his eyes when she would pet on him— it was just like you could feel the love he had for Loni. His demeanor would change when she was around. Boss meant a lot to me as well, not only was I in awe of his athleticism, but I loved him for being the perfect partner for my best friend. He was so talented, loyal and an honest partner to her. I will truly miss him and watching the two of them as a team!