Follow the following steps to become an approved trainer:

  1. Make sure you have the appropriate BLM required facilities.
  2. Complete the TIP Trainer Application. Application and requirement forms can be found to the left. Click here to download the shelter requirements by state. Or call (512)869-3225 to have the application and more information mailed to you.
  3. Once your application has been approved, you will be notified by phone and mail. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.
  4. Make an appointment with BLM to pick up your Mustang(s). Click here to see a map of the pick-up locations and contact information for the BLM facilities. Some BLM offices allow TIP horses to be picked up during satellite adoptions. Click here to see a schedule of BLM satellite adoptions.
  1. Begin the gentling process. You have a maximum of 90 days to complete this process.
  2. Find a qualified adopter. You may utilize our site that allows TIP trainers to post videos and information about mustangs currently in training. Click here to preview the site! Click here to download the adoption application. Click here to find out where to send the adoption application.
  3.  Get Paid. Once all required paperwork has been submitted to MHF and BLM, the TIP trainer should expect payment. Please see the Program Expectations and Requirements above for full details on adoption and payment process.

*In order to receive payment a trainer must submit to the MHF office the Invoice for TIP Payment form as well as the Training Assessment form. These forms will be available to you upon acceptance into the TIP program and can be downloaded from the website.

Gentle your mustang using least resistance training methods. Click here for some examples of least resistance training methods/techniques. Through the TIP program every mustang shall, at all times, be treated humanely and with dignity, respect and compassion. This is outlined in the MHF Humane Treatment Policy. Click here to read the Mustang Heritage Foundation Humane Treatment Policy.




The Mustang Heritage Foundation created the Trainer Incentive Program, which is better known as TIP, to bridge the gap between potential adopters and American Mustangs housed at Bureau of Land Management facilities. The Mustang Heritage Foundation is looking for talented trainers who employ natural horsemanship techniques to gentle American Mustangs. The Mustang Heritage Foundation is also looking to match qualified adopters with approved TIP trainers.


Follow these steps to find your gentled American Mustang.

*Mustangs are considered gentle when they are halter broke, will pick up all four feet, and will load and unload from a trailer.

  1. Find a Mustang currently in training. View TIP Mustangs currently available for adoption on the TIP Facebook page OR find an approved trainer near you who may have TIP Mustangs in training. Use the map to find a TIP trainer near you.
  1. Download the Adoption Application.  Click here to learn more about the facility and adoption requirements.
  2. Mail your completed adoption application to the Bureau of Land Management.
  3. What to expect from your TIP trainer and Mustang. Click here to learn more about the TIP adoption process and what to expect when adopting a mustang through the program.

Attend a TIP Trainer event and find your mustang to adopt.

Click here to download the application. Call (512)869-3225 to have the application and more information mailed to you.





Click here to download the Program Expectations and Requirements.


Microsoft Word - 2016 TIP Rules and Regulations.doc



Click here to download the Trainer Assessment Form.


Click here to download the pick-up locations map.





Click here to view the BLM adoption schedule.

Click here to download BLM adoption location information.


Click here to download information on gentling resources.

Specific details of various well known clinicians who have worked with the foundation can be learned through accessing the trainer links posted below. The Foundation does not endorse any single clinician or method, but encourages you to develop a system which celebrates the mustang, keeps all parties safe, and builds a strong foundation for additional training.

Chris Cox:

Pat & Linda Parelli: 

Craig Cameron: