At age 85, Willie is a vocalist, songwriter, poet and lobbyist who has more than 30 films under his belt in addition to a number of books. He typically is traveling but when he isn’t you can find him on his ranch out in the Texas Hillside Nation.
When he heard that 70 horses were about to be sent out to the slaughterhouse, he rescued them in the nick of time.
His ranch in Texas is called Luck Ranch and is about 30 miles from Austin. He immediately moved the steeds to his ranch where they have a lot of area to wander around and are all well taken care of.
Willie Nelson told ABC Information: “My steeds are possibly the luckiest steeds in the world. They are hand-fed two times a day. They were just all set to head to slaughter. That’s possibly the last pint they remember. They are more than happy steeds.’’
Willie’s love for animals is well documented and mentioned in many of his tunes.
The majority of people at his age place their feet up in a retirement community but this fabulous country music celebrity not. He still spends around 200 days a year traveling.
Nelson likes nothing more than driving his old pick up truck around Luck Cattle ranch when he is not visiting.
His kind work goes way back. In 1985 Nelson set up Farm Aid with Neil Young and John Mellencamp. They decided to do this to assist and raise awareness on the significance of family farms.
Nelson had his first concert in front of 80,000 people at the College of Illinois’ Memorial Area. Entertainers included Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, B. B. King, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty and over 9 million U.S. farmers.
Nelson conserved around 70 steeds from shedding their lives over the course of the past couple of years. Instead of being sent to a butcher’s residence the horses can now appreciate spending their days strolling the countryside as well as eating routinely hand-fed meals.
In the drive to prohibit the slaughter of wild steeds Willie has been an energetic and vital voice. On behalf of the American Steed Slaughter Avoidance Act Nelson has actually contacted congress.
Willie reported: “As opposed to what some individuals are claiming, massacre is not a gentle form of assisted suicide, and these are not undesirable equines. The therapy of slaughter-bound steeds is most often savage. More than 90 percent of those butchered are young and in good health. Lots of them are marketed to abattoirs at closed auctions while others are stolen pets.’’
“A Horse Called Music’’ is the name of his song from his most recent album. Check out the acclaimed video below: