The country singer took the horses who were destined to be slaughtered to his ranch in Texas to roam freely.
86-year-old American singer and songwriter Willie Nelson recently saved 70 horses from being slaughtered. Nelson has always been known as an animal lover and he recently proved exactly how much he loves them. He gave the horses a second life when he changed their destiny by taking them away from their death and giving them freedom instead. The singer/songwriter has transferred the horses to his ranch in Texas where they are finally allowed to roam freely. The property he has shifted the horses to is called 'Luck Ranch' (sure is lucky) and is located in Spicewood, 30 miles from Austin. The plot is around 700-acres big which means that the horses have more than enough room to wander around freely. The singer claims to have become a father to these 70 horses. He is often busy on tour but whenever he's free, he is said to spend a lot of time on the ranch.
During an interview with ABC News, the singer spoke about his fondness for the ranch. He said, "When you’re here, you’re in Luck, and when you’re not, you’re out of Luck." Most of the horses he rescued were destined to go to the slaughterhouse. Over the course of the past few years, he has saved around 70 horses from losing their lives. He claims that these horses are the luckiest horses in the world to be saved and then given the freedom that they truly deserve. No wonder the ranch is called 'Luck'.
Red Headed Stranger saves 70 horses from slaughterhttps://t.co/s1pT6RscFQ— j hill+ (@wicketwarwick) April 13, 2019
"My horses are probably the luckiest horses in the world," Nelson said. "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." Nelson has included his love for horses in a CD that will be released in early summer. It's a song entitled "Ride Me Back Home." He has shown his love for horses both through his actions and his music over during his career. In 1989 he released a song titled "A Horse Called Music", with lyrics reading...
High on a mountain in western Montana
A silhouette moves cross a cinnamon sky
Ridin’ along on a horse he called Music
Although he is turning 87 years old, the musician still spends around 200 days a year on the road, performing in various cities. "It’s a lot of traveling and being away from home," Nelson said. "But that’s what we do." As much as he enjoys traveling and performing he loves to stay at home and spend time at the ranch. His love for horses is seen even in a song called 'The Love of Horses' from his latest album. The video for the song was released in 2015 and it won a People’s Silver Telly Award.
In the video, Nelson explained how he would like more videos and even movies made on his ranch so that he could ride the horses. He just needs to show the world that age is nothing but a number and he can still ride a horse as well as he could when he was younger. Over the years he has also raised awareness regarding the number of horses that are sent to slaughterhouses every single year. The singer even held a meeting with the members of Habitat for Horses, who were working to end the slaughter of horses by trying to get legislation passed.
Willie Nelson grew up in a family that loved animals. This fondness for horses has been passed down from him to his children. His daughter Amy spoke of fond memories growing up around the majestic animals in 'The Love Of Horses'. According to The Epoch Times, his son Lukas is a huge supporter of Saving America’s Horses, as well as Habitat for Horses, just like his father. Other than being a singer/songwriter and trying to save animals, he has also advocated for the legalization of marijuana.
Willie Nelson Has Rescued 70 Horses Destined for the Slaughterhouse, So They Can Roam Free On His Farm https://t.co/3Z06wNvznw— Jonas Music Services (@JonasMusicServ) April 13, 2019
While supporting the legalization of marijuana, Willie Nelson even promoted his own brand of weed which is known as 'Willie's Reserve'. He also holds a Farm Aid Concert once every year where all the money earned by his performances goes to the aid of American farmers. Although he is in his late 80s, Nelson says that retirement is nowhere on his mind. "I retire after every show," Nelson said. "I say, 'That's it, I'm not goin' no more,' but then we hang out awhile and people (his band) feel like playing, and so we go play again."