Not only is he still visiting at the age of 85, but he has also directed over 30 films and written several books.
The star is usually on the road, but when he isn’t, you can find him on his ranch in Texas Hill Country.
However, earlier this year, the vocalist saved 70 equines just in time– they were about to be sent to a slaughterhouse, and then to an adhesive factory.
It’s a terrible fate for these gentle and majestic creatures, and unfortunately, there are far more wild horses in holding pens than in the wild.
Willie, a horse enthusiast, couldn’t see that happening.
The singer, songwriter, poet, and lobbyist relocated the horses to Luck Ranch in Texas, about 30 miles from Austin. The vast majority of the equines he rescued were destined for slaughter.
The cattle ranch is certainly fortunate, at least for the horses. There, they have plenty of space to roam and are treated as kings and queens
“My horses are possibly the luckiest horses in the world,” Nelson told ABC News.
– Advertisement – ” They get hand-fed twice a day, and the last thing they remember is being ready to head to slaughter, so they’re happy steeds.”
Willie’s fondness for animals is well documented: he mentions them in several of his songs.
Despite being at the age where the majority of people put their feet up in a retirement community, this fabulous country music celebrity travels around 200 days per year.
Nelson enjoys nothing more than driving his old pick-up truck around Luck Cattle Ranch when he is not visiting.
Willie Nelson’s charitable work dates back a long time. In 1985, he, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp decided to form Farm Aid to help and raise awareness about the importance of family farms.
The first concert was held at the College of Illinois’ Memorial Arena in front of an audience of 80,000 people. Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, B.B. King, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty were among the entertainers who raised over $9 million for UNITED STATE household farmers.
Willie has saved the lives of approximately 70 horses over the last few years.
Instead of being sent to a butcher’s house, his happy equines now enjoy spending their days strolling through the countryside and eating hand-fed meals on a regular basis.
Willie Nelson has also been an active and vital voice in the campaign to end the slaughter of wild horses. He has, for example, contacted Congress on behalf of the American Steed Slaughter Avoidance Act.
“Contrary to popular belief, massacre is not a gentle form of assisted suicide, and these are not undesirable horses.” The treatment of slaughter-bound steeds is frequently savage, and more than 90% of those butchered are young and in good health. Many are sold at closed auctions to abattoirs, while others are stolen pets,” Wille created.
Willie claims he can still ride a horse as well as he did when he was younger.
In the clip below, you can see the acclaimed video for his song _’ The Love of Equines’ from his most recent album.