Barack was born at Return to Freedom’s American Wild Horse Sanctuary on August 5, 2007, in Freedom’s band in the Hart Mountain herd. Barack is a handsome liver blue roan with a long thick mane and tail a prominent blaze on his chiselled face. He is a lot like his father in temperament, aloof yet acutely attentive when he needs to be.
Both his sire (father), Freedom and his Dam (mother), Adeer, were captured from the Hart Mountain Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Southeastern Oregon as young foals. Barack was raised in a balanced herd environment and educated by his parents, and the other matriarchs in the family band. Barack enjoyed playing with his younger sister Mycah and 3 other foals close to his age.
The Hart Mountain Horses were gathered from the Refuge in 1998 as part of a complete removal of wild horses from that area by the Fish and Wildlife Service. Two hundred and seventy-nine horses were gathered on horseback and twenty- five were relocated to the sanctuary in their family and social groups.
The Hart Mountain horses are diverse shades of roan, bays and chestnuts. Hart Mountain is very close to Beatty’s Butte where the famous Kiger Mustangs were discovered who have strong old-world Spanish Barb markings and conformation. Some of the Hart Mountain horses show strong Spanish type mixed with other ranch breeds including quarter horse, Morgan and draft horses. Many of the Hart Mountain horses are a kaleidoscope of roan colors with thick long wavy manes and tails, curved black-tipped ears, large wideset eyes. Their beauty compliments the strong bones developed after generations roaming the remote and rugged high desert.
Today, Barack is competing with Samir, (a Hart Mountain stallion who is popular with the mares), to develop his own harem band of mares and stays relatively close to his father Freedom as they both strive to keep their mares from Samir!