Willie Nelson, country music’s icon, rescues more than 70 horses in the past decade.
Show horses, old racehorses, workhorses, and even federally protected wild horses are being sold off to people who sell them to inhumane slaughterhouses for meat consumption in other countries.
Almost all of the horses that live on Nelson’s ranch were unwanted horses and probably guaranteed a similar fate. Nelson says that more than half of the horses were en route to a slaughterhouse when they were rescued by an organization called Habitat for Horses from which he adopts his horses.
After the horses are rehabilitated, they roam free on his ranch located in Austin, Texas. Nelson calls this ranch the Luck Ranch.
Nelson explained the name of his ranch to KSAT.com:
“When you’re here, you’re in Luck, and when you’re not, you’re out of Luck. 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.”
Nelson is 87 years old and is still making tours. For his upcoming album that is set to release this summer, he wrote a song about the plight of horses, both domestic and wild, in America:
Here are the lyrics of the new song: