Willie Nelson Rescued 70 Horses From a Slaughterhouse and Let Them Roam Free on His Ranch

 

Like we needed any more of an excuse to love the iconic Willie Nelson, news just in – the man loves horses!

Over 70 horses bound for slaughter now roam free on Willie Nelson’s ranch in Texas.
We all know what happens to the poor horses when their owners don’t want them anymore. They are sold to people who sell them to inhumane slaughterhouses for human consumption.

Whenever we hear of rescues we will always share these news because people who save animals from slaughter have really big hearts. The horses Nelson saved were unwanted for various reason and they probably were going to end up in the same place when they were rescued by Habitat for Horses, the organization Nelson adopts from.

After adopting them Nelson rehabilitated them on his ranch in Austin, Texas, and now they roam free and have the treatment they deserve. Nelson said, “I called my ranch Luck Ranch. 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, 87 and still touring, has written a song about the plight of horses, both wild and domestic, in America, for his upcoming album to be released this summer:

Here are the lyrics:

We rode into battle barebacked and saddled
You took the wound in your side
You pulled the sleds and you pulled the wagons
You gave ’em somewhere to hide
Now they don’t need you and there’s no one to feed you
And there’s fences where you used to roam
I wish I could gather up all of your brothers
And you would just ride me back home
Ride me back home to a much better place
Blue skies and sunshine and plenty of space
Somewhere where they would just leave you alone
Somewhere that you could call home
And you would just ride me back home
I got a small place up in the foothills
Where green grass is precious as gold
I paid a fortune for what little I got here
But you know that I’d sell my soul
To have all the mountains, the rivers and valleys
The places where you need to roam
And I would just gather up all of your brothers
And you would just ride me back home.

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