American musician Willie Nelson rescued 70 horses from the slaughterhouse and gave them a new life roaming around his Texas ranch.
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The 86-year-old is known for being a singer, songwriter, actor, producer and writer, but ‘animal-lover’ can definitely be added to the list after he welcomed the doomed horses to his property, Luck Ranch.
When he’s not on the road with his guitar, Willie spends time at his Texas ranch, dubbed “Luck Ranch” by the singer. Some 70 horses roam there, all of which were rescued by Nelson; most of them were slated for the slaughterhouse. The name “Luck” suits the ranch in more ways than one.
Located in Spicewood, 30 miles from Austin, the 700-acre plot gives the horses plenty of space to wander.
In an interview with ABC News, he said: “When you’re here, you’re in Luck, and when you’re not, you’re out of Luck.”
He rescued all 70 horses, most of which were destined for the slaughterhouse, over several years, and described them as the ‘luckiest horses in the world’. Nelson’s all about the luck, it seems!
“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.”
In the video, the singer described how he plans for videos and films to be made on his ranch, so he can ride a horse. He raised awareness for the amount of horses which are sent to slaughter each year in the US, and met with members of Habitat for Horses, who were working to end the slaughter of horses by trying to get legislation passed.
Nelson is a hero for saving all those horses, the world needs more people like him!