Willie Nelson is known for his many country music hits and busy touring schedule. When he’s not entertaining fans, he can be found on his 700-acre ranch in Texas with his 70 horses, all of which he saved from the abattoir.
Nelson calls his ranch “Luck Ranch” and told KSAT 12 News, “When you’re here, you’re in luck, and when you’re not, you’re out of luck.”
It is no accident that Nelson’s ranch is called that. Since most of the horses at the ranch were saved from bad situations, they were lucky.
“My horses are probably the luckiest horses in the world,” Nelson said. “They get fed by hand twice a day, and the last thing they probably remember is being ready to be killed, so they’re happy horses.”
The 700-acre piece of land is in Spicewood, Texas, about 30 miles from Austin. It is in the hill country. There is a lot of room for the horses to roam.
Nelson is still making music at age 87. He plays his fans’ favourite songs for his devoted fans. When he’s not acting, he likes to spend time at Luck Ranch with his many rescue horses.
Willie Nelson not only saved these horses, but he also speaks out against the American horse slaughter business and works to stop it and make things better for horses that end up at slaughterhouses.
“I’m going to retire after every show,” Nelson said. “I say, ‘That’s it, I’m not going anymore,’ but then we hang out for a while and people in his band feel like playing, so we go play again.”