Willie Nelson Adopts Abused Horses

Musician and horse lover Willie Nelson is adopting two abused horses from Berkeley County, South Carolina. One of the horses was severely malnourished and had rain rot.  Rain rot is is a fungal infection in the coat. Some of its skin was missing and maggots were in the infected area. Kerosene might have been poured on the fungus, which caused the skin to dissolve. Both horses need extensive de-worming.

The horses’ owner has been charged with seven crimes related to animal neglect. Both animals
are being cared for so they can recuperate before they are transferred to Nelson’s Texas ranch. Neither had seen a vet for three years. One of the horses has already gained twenty-five pounds, now that a care regimen has been enacted.

It isn’t the first time Nelson has adopted horses for his ranch near Austin. Some years ago he
adopted 12 from a horse rescue facility.

About one year ago, Willie released a song to raise money to help horses. Part of the reason for adopting the two from South Carolina is the promotion of animal adoption.

The LEARN horse rescue website has more information about horses in South Carolina that need adopting after being recovered from abusive or neglectful situations. This organization has been helping horses for at least 20 years.

Image Credit: Robbiework, Wiki Commons

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114 comments

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe1 years ago

It's too bad Willie couldn't continue the adoption, but I am glad the horses’ owner has been charged with seven crimes related to animal neglect.

Lynn D.
Lynn D.3 years ago

Thank you Willie!

Lorraine Hagin
Lorraine Hagin3 years ago

Thank you Willie for saving these horses. There is far too much animal abuse of all description happening in the world which needs be to stopped! We have become such a cruel nation but worse still we allow the abusers in some countries to walk away from their crimes un-punished which is absolutely disgusting! We owe it to these poor innocent dumb creatures to punish these scum severely for their crime against animals as they are pure evil - I loathe all animal abusers as they are the lowest of the low!

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Mark D.
Mark D.3 years ago

While it's disappointing that Willie is unable to continue with the adoption, you have to understand that he has done it for the right reasons. If he is unable to give them the care they need, he has 70 others, then they should be placed elsewhere.
You have to know your limits in the best interests of the animals.

Mark D.
Mark D.3 years ago

While it's disappointing that Willie is unable to continue with the adoption, you have to understand that he has done it for the right reasons. If he is unable to give them the care they need, he has 70 others, then they should be placed elsewhere.
You have to know your limits in the best interests of the animals.

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

good to hear, thanks for sharing

Lindsay S.
Lindsay S.3 years ago

Nelson reneges on adoption http://patch.com/A-wmyv

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

amazing :)

Peggy R.
Peggy Reynolds4 years ago

Thanks Willie for your kindness to these needy animals.