Nelson believes that the ranch represents his love for country music as well as horses in need. Located in Spicewood, Austin with over 700 acres of sprawling land, Nelson claims that the horses have plenty of open space to wander around.
Most fans of Willie Nelson absolutely love him for his music and his countless charity work over the years. While there are the other sets of crazy fans, who love him as America's most beloved stoner uncle. Courtesy, the rumor he has smoked weed on the White House roof with then-President Jimmy Carter's son.
But even at the age of 86, when he is not on the road playing music, Texas musician Willie Nelson loves spending time at his ranch, which he calls “Luck Ranch”. But what is so special about it? Well for starters, there are around 70 horses that roam freely there. And you know what's even better? The horses that were slated for the slaughterhouse were rescued by Nelson over the last few years and the name “Luck” suits the ranch in more ways than one, reports The Epoch Times.
“When you’re here, you’re in Luck, and when you’re not, you’re out of Luck,” Nelson told KSAT 12 News during an interview. The horses enjoy spending their days roaming around the Texas farm and eating regularly hand-fed meals.
The country music legend believes that the ranch represents his love for the genre as well as horses in need. Located in Spicewood, with over 700 acres of sprawling land in Austin, Texas, Nelson claims that the horses have plenty of open space to wander around.
“My horses are probably the luckiest horses in the world,” Nelson said. “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.”
If you are a fan of Nelson, you would know his love and affection towards horses is longstanding. So much so that, there is also a song titled “Ride Me Back Home,” that describes his love for horses.
He has even won the People’s Silver Telly Award for a song on horses titled “The Love of Horses” in 2015. The song features Nelson talking to members of Habitat for Horses working to end the slaughter of horses by trying to get the legislation passed.
Nelson is also known for his charity work for farmers as he is often raising money for their betterment as the co-founder of Farm Aid.
Not just Nelson, but the love for the animal is also seen in his son Lukas Nelson, who supports Saving America’s Horses and Habitat for Horses. Lukas, who is also a renowned musician, with his band Lukas Nelson & Promise, has composed music praising the beloved animal.
At Willie Nelson's age, most people are just relaxing and chilling out, but the music legend has other plans in store. He wants to take care of his 70 horses and at the same time, want to create music and go on the road for shows more often than not.
“I retire after every show,” Nelson said. “I say, ‘That’s it, I’m not goin’ no more,’ but then we hang out awhile and people [the band] feel like playing, and so we go play again.”
Meanwhile, Nelson recently spoke to Desert Sun News and spoke about his musical influences. "My dad obviously is my world; I definitely consider him to be the major spark not only with music but with life for me," Lukas said. "But Hendrix was a huge influence on me. Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan were the ones that sort of made me love music in my own way, and just gave me some other music to fall in love with, other than what Dad was doing.”
We know what a great musician Willie Nelson is, but after knowing that he has saved over 70 horses over these years, it just goes to show, once a legend always a legend!