BECOME A TRAINER
Follow these steps to become an approved trainer:
- Make sure you have the appropriate Bureau of Land Management (BLM) facility requirements.
- Complete the TIP Trainer Application. The application and Expectations and Requirements forms can be found to the left. Click here to download the shelter requirements by state. Or call our office at (512) 869-3225 to have the application and more information mailed to you.
- Once your application has been approved, you will be notified by phone and mail. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.
- 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.
- Begin the gentling process. You have a minimum of 10 days and a maximum of 90 days to complete this process.
- 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 for a listing of BLM offices. You will mail the the adoption application to the office in your state.
- Get Paid. Once all required paperwork has been submitted to the Mustang Heritage Foundation and the BLM, the TIP trainer should expect payment. Please see the Program Expectations and Requirements for full details regarding adoption and the payment process.
In order to receive payment, a trainer must submit to the MHF office the TIP Trainer Invoice form as well as the TIP 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.