As if it’s still necessary to have another reason to love Willie Nelson, the word has now come out that the famous American musician and marijuana activist also has a big heart for animals.
To fans of American music from the 70’s, songs like Shotgun Willie (1973), but also the commercial successes of singles like Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978) will sound like music to their ears.
The famous actor, Willie Nelson, is loved by many for his music and his achievements as an actor. He is also a well-known name in the world of marijuana. However, love goes beyond that, because a large group of horses will also owe him eternal gratitude.
Nelson managed to save 70 horses from slaughter. The question of where to leave such a large group of animals never occurred to him, because his ranch of 700 hectares is big enough to give all animals a beautiful life in complete freedom.
The musician of country songs spends most of his old age on his Luck Ranch. At least, when he’s not on the road to save animals from a seemingly inevitable death.
His ranch is his home. The name “Luck” fits the piece of land he owns in more ways than one, Nelson said in an interview with Paul Venema of KSAT 12 News: “When you’re here, you feel happiness, and when you’re no longer here, it’s closer to bad luck.”
Anyway, we can count the horses among the lucky ones, something Nelson is only too happy to confirm. He told Venema in the interview about his new acquisitions at the “ranch of happiness”:
“My horses are probably the greatest lucky ones in the whole world. They are hand fed twice a day. They were just getting ready to go to slaughter, which was probably their last memory before they went here, so they must be lucky horses”.
Country Music & Horses
Willie Nelson has been opening his heart to horses for a long time. Of course, the real country fans have known this for years, because in the lyrics of one of his songs, his animal love is revealed.
The song ‘Ride Me Back Home’ leaves little to the imagination, because in the title we already notice a deep love for horses. Willie Nelson also won a prize in 2015 for the music video of his song, ‘The Love of Horses’.
The music video is a collaboration between Nelson and the animal activists of Habitat for Horses, who are trying to end the slaughter of healthy horses. To this end, the action group is trying to help pass a law through parliament banning the slaughter of horses for meat.
The fact that Willie Nelson wants to work with groups such as Habitat for Horses is yet another confirmation that the horses have ended up in a loving and safe place.
Moreover, the love for horses has been passed on from generation to generation. Nelson’s son, Lukas, is the supporting force of Saving America’s Horses and also for the aforementioned Habitat for Horses. And the band of the young Lukas, named Lukas Nelson & Promise, have also written songs that have never concealed his love for horses.
Nelson, who is nearly 90 years old, cannot be stopped by his old age. He just wants to make his voice heard for the things that matter to him. When asked about his retirement, Nelson simply said:
“I retire after every show. I say, ‘That’s all, I won’t do it any more,’ but then we’ll hang around for a while and the others (the band) will feel like playing again, so we’ll do another round.”