A 40-year-old retired racehorse and a 58-year-old man give each other a reason to live.

They say man’s best friend is often a dog, but in Donnie MacAdams’ case he considers his trusty horse Waco his best companion.

Once a popular racing purebred, Waco Hanover now spends his free time hanging out with his best human friend Donnie.

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By day Donnie manages a state information center in Vermont where he deals with a lot of people but can’t wait to get off work to spend time with Waco – he even lives in an apartment above the stables so the two could be considered roommates.

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The companions have got each other through tough times with Donnie crediting Waco for helping him recover from a heart attack.

“I couldn’t carry a five-gallon bucket of water, because it was too physically stressful,” but Waco helped him recover and now a five-pound pail is no problem.

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When Donnie first met Waco in 2008 he didn’t have much of an appetite. But it turned out this tough old horse wasn’t sick, he was just lonely. “There were times in the wintertime when I’d walk into the barn, walk down there, just lean on the stall front. He would put his head on my shoulder and just chew, just chew, and just calm me down,” Donnie told.

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Donnie is even credited for the horse’s longevity – Waco celebrated his 40th birthday in 2017 – that’s 120 in human years!

Animals have such a wonderful ability to change our lives, they give more than most of us can imagine.

Donnie and Waco were so lucky to have found each other and spend the many years they did together.

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Sadly this loyal horse passed away in 2019 aged 42 years old.

Such an incredible horse. Rest in peace Waco.


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