Willie Nelson Rescues 70 Horses From Slaughter, Now They Roam Free on His Ranch


Today many old , work and show horses are often sold to inhumane slaughterhouses to be used for human consumption in other countries in the world.

The horses Willie rescued were probably headed to the same destiny. Nelson says that over half of them were actually headed for a slaughterhouse when they were thankfully rescued by the Habitat for Horses organization from where he adopted them.

After spending some time healing and rehabilitating them, the horses can be free on his ranch in Austin , Texas which Willie named Luck Ranch.

Talking to KSAT.com he said:

“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,” Nelson added.

“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.”


87 years old and still touring, Nelson wrote a song about the suffering of horses in the USA. The song will be released in his upcoming album.

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.