Willie Nelson Has Rescued a Staggering Amount of Horses

by Halle Ames

Willie Nelson, the singer, musician, author, actor, biofuel activist, marijuana activist, and now… a horse enthusiast?

Country legend Willie Nelson is here to save the “hay.”

Rightly so, Nelson is the proud owner and rescuer of 70 horses that he saved from the slaughterhouse.

Willie Nelson’s Luck Ranch

He keeps the massive herd for horses on a ranch in Spicewood, Texas. When Willie Nelson isn’t touring or on the road, he says the horse heaven is also his paradise.

“My favorite place is my ranch in Luck,” said a Facebook caption. “There’s a pasture at the top of a hill where the horses graze and hang out at the water trough. The view is fantastic, and the horses are beautiful, healthy, and happy. The quiet is astounding. And when I get on my horse, the whole world changes. I’m one step closer to heaven.”

The Luck Ranch is where only the most fortune of horses go. The property boasts a 700-acre plot and is just 30 miles from Austin.

Willie Nelson jokes about the name of his beloved ranch.

“When you’re here, you’re in Luck, and when you’re not, you’re out of Luck.”

Both literally and figuratively.

Nelson has been saving the four-legged creatures for years. He hand-picked the fortunate few that were going to Luck instead of the slaughterhouse.

Willie has been the most gracious horse dad there is, spoiling each of his adopted four-legged children.

“My horses are probably the luckiest horses in the world.” Willie Nelson proudly states. “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.”

Horses Stay Close to Heart

The 87-year-old’s love for farm animals is nothing new, however. While in high school, Willie Nelson raised pigs as part of the Future Farmers of America program.

While Willie didn’t turn out to be a farmer, he has saved more horses than most might.

Nelson has also released plenty of songs highlighting his love for horses, like “Ride Me Back Home” and “A Horse Called Magic.”

In addition, the artist was given The People’s Silver Telly Award for his 10-minutes long video on “The Love of Horses.”

Willie Nelson is one of many people in the video that advocates for the end of horse slaughter.

Saving horses is a family affair. His children, Lukas and Amy, are both horse safety advocates as well and participate in programs like Saving America’s Horses and Habitat for Horses.

Keep on saving them, our golden-haired cowboy!