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.
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.