Willie Nelson rescued 70 horses from the slaughterhouse, now looks after them at his Texas farm
86-year-old American musician Wille Nelson has an impressive herd of 70 horses at his Texas ‘Luck Ranch’, where he prefers to spend most of free time looking after the equines. The amazing thing is that all of these horses were destined for slaughterhouses, and Nelson rescued each one of them over the last few years.
The name “Luck” suits the ranch in more ways than one. Nelson likes to say, “When you’re here, you’re in Luck, and when you’re not, you’re out of Luck,” explains Paul Venema from KSAT 12 News, who interviewed the singer.
For the country music legend, who is approaching his 87th birthday, the ranch represents his love of country music as well as horses in need. The 700-acre plot is in Spicewood, 30 miles from Austin, in Texas hill country. His 70 paint horses have plenty of open space to wander.
“My horses are probably the luckiest horses in the world,” Nelson tells Venema. “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.”