Willie Nelson, one of the last American folk music icons, recently did something that just cemented his place among the legends. Nearly 90 years old, Nelson and his wife Annie saved 70 horses from a slaughterhouse and brought them back to his ranch where they now live in peace. Even major animal rescue organizations haven’t done such a feat which makes Willie Nelson a hero that touched the hearts of the whole US of A.
Nelson lives on a ranch near Texas Hill County with his wife. He was always surrounded by animals and couldn’t bear the thought of letting 70 horses die for their meat. The rescued horses now enjoy his 700-acre estate and Willie spends a lot of time with them when he’s not on the road.
Willie loved horses since he was a child. He considers them the luckiest animals which is more one could say for the 70 truly lucky horses he saved from certain death. In 2015, he released his hit video The Love of Horses where he meets members of an organization that was trying to save the 70 horses from being slaughtered. With Willie’s help by their side, they succeeded. Nelson’s love for horses has been documented plenty of times. One time, he said that they are the animals that “brought America together”. He got that right.
It’s not just Nelson – his children also work with him to help animals in need. This isn’t the first time Nelson helped save animals. In the past, he has worked with several organizations and even did a concert for the Animal Welfare Institute 7 years ago on his 80th birthday. He surely does more for animals than whole governments have in the past.
Will He Ever Retire?
Even at 87, Nelson is still going strong. In terms of retirement, he says that he retires after every show, but he ends up playing again. Retirement isn’t in his plans which is certainly impressive. Willie will never stop helping animals as well and we salute him.
It’s certainly amazing to see anyone help animals, let alone nearing the frail age of 90. Helping animals in need is neither expensive nor particularly tiring, but it is rewarding. If we could all follow Willie Nelson’s example, the world will certainly be a better place to live in.