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Willie Nelson Rescues 70 Horses From Slaughter and Creates a Sanctuary

Willie Nelson Rescues 70 Horses From Slaughter and Creates a Sanctuary

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Just 30 miles outside Austin, Texas, you will find Luck Ranch, which is home to some very lucky horses. Several of the 70 horses that call the ranch home were once bound for slaughterhouses, but thanks to Willie Nelson their fate changed.

With nowhere else to go, the horses were destined for an unfortunate end. Fortunately, they caught the attention of the country superstar, who stepped up to save their lives. Thanks to Willy Nelson, the horses are now enjoying life on his 700-acre ranch.

Though Willy Nelson is best known for his incredible music career, he has long been an advocate for horses in need. He is dedicated to giving horses in need a safe and happy place to call home.

It is no coincidence how Nelson’s ranch got its name. Since the majority of the horses at the ranch are from rescue situations, luck was on their side.

Willie Nelson stroking a horse he rescued

Nelson believes they are the luckiest horses in the world, as they are safe from slaughter and abuse. “When you’re here, you’re in luck. And when you’re not, you’re out of luck,” said Nelson.

All the horses at Luck Ranch are fed twice a day and are given plenty of room to roam around. They are able to relax and run around to their heart’s desire, as they now have a forever home.

Though Nelson spends around 200 days a year on the road traveling and touring, he still commits to make his ranch a large part of his life.

In addition to his own horses, he is a big supporter of Habitat for Horses, an organization working to end horse slaughter. Nelson’s passion for horses has even made its way into his music. His song, Ride Me Back Home, is a testament to his love for horses.

See a lovely video below where Nelson talks about his ranch and horses:

He recently released another horse-inspired song, We Are The Cowboys, which features many scenes of horses in the music video.

At 87, Nelson is still active in music, performing his beloved songs to his dedicated fans. When he isn’t performing, he enjoys being at Luck Ranch, where he can spend time with his many rescue horses.

Here is Willie’s song, We Are The Cowboys:

Thanks to Nelson, these horses are now living a wonderful life, free of their rocky pasts.

Robin Reed

Tuesday 8th of March 2022

He is a legend and one of a kind.


Monday 16th of August 2021

Willie, you are a true legend in your own time. My wife and I tried to go see you at Gruene hall years ago we couldn't get in but we saw you leave your bus and crawl in a window near the rear of the stage LOL. We listened standing outside. We felt so lucky to at least get to see you and hear you sing. Great day for us. You are God's gift to the world for your music,your kindness and the many horses you have saved. Please keep going with everything you do. We will always Love you. Our life has been blessed by having you sing to us. Mike and Tommye O'Neal in rockport Texas.


Thursday 31st of December 2020

Thank you Mr. Nelson ,may God bless you ! Horses have always been my favorite . I will love them until the day I die and probably even after I die.

Surendra Pratap Singh

Friday 18th of December 2020

WE NEED MORE WILLIE to save the sanity of the United States, and the world!


Thursday 17th of December 2020

Thank you so much Wille for saving all them horses I wish I could do that ? slaughter really needs to end horse deserve so much more