Country music legend 86-year-old Willie Nelson, is not only incredibly talented, he also has the kindest of hearts. This was proven yet again when he recently saved 70 horses from the slaughterhouse without second a thought.
The singer is usually on the road, but when he isn’t on tour, you can find him on his ranch, where his beloved horses reside, in the Texas Hill Country.
Recently, Willie Nelson rescued 70 horses just as they were about to be sent to the slaughterhouse and then to a glue factory. It’s a terrible fate for these beautiful and majestic animals, but luckily, Willie couldn’t see that happen, so he jumped in and saved the day.
The horses’ new home is Willie Nelson’s 700-acre property, known as “Luck Ranch”, located in Spicewood, 30 miles from Austin, in Texas hill country.
According to Willie Nelson, who will soon be turning eighty seven, the ranch represents his love of country music as well as his love for horses.
With a ranch that big, the horses have tons of open space to wander and are treated like royalty.
According to The Epoch Times, Willie said, “My horses are probably the luckiest horses in the world. They get hand-fed twice a day, and they were just ready to go to slaughter is probably the last thing they remembered, so they’re happy horses.”
Willie’s love for the animals is well documented in many of his songs. A recent song by Willie Nelson, “Ride Me Back Home,” attests to his love for horses.
Additionally, in 2015, a video by Willie Nelson called “The Love of Horses” won the People’s Silver Telly Award. In the video, Nelson meets members of Habitat for Horses who were working to end the slaughter of horses by trying to get legislation passed.