BECOME A TRAINER

Follow these steps to become an approved trainer:

  1. Make sure you have the appropriate Bureau of Land Management (BLM) facility requirements.
  2. 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.
  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 minimum of 10 days and 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 for a listing of BLM offices. You will mail the the adoption application to the office in your state.
  3.  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.

The Mustang Heritage Foundation created the Trainer Incentive Program, better known as TIP, to bridge the gap between potential adopters and American Mustangs housed at Bureau of Land Management (BLM) off-range facilities. The MHF is looking for talented trainers who employ natural horsemanship techniques to gentle American Mustangs. The MHF is also looking to match qualified adopters with approved TIP trainers.
Mustangs are considered gentle when they are halter broke, will pick up all four feet, and will load and unload from a trailer.

ADOPT A GENTLED MUSTANG

Follow these steps to find your gentled American Mustang.

  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. TIP Trainer List
  2. Download the BLM adoption application.  Click here to learn more about the facility and adoption requirements.
  3. Mail your completed adoption application to the BLM office in your state. Click here for a list of these offices.
  4. What should you expect from your TIP trainer and gentled mustang? Click here to learn more about the TIP adoption process and what to expect when adopting a mustang through the program.

The Mustang Heritage Storefront, developed by the Mustang Heritage Foundation, is meant to target trainers/facilities with a proven track record and the facilities necessary to hold and care for at least 10 wild horses or burros at one time.
The Storefront program is operated by the Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF), in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Program. The Storefront Program is part of the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s Trainer Incentive Program (TIP) and is available to individuals/organizations who have successfully been approved by MHF as a TIP Trainer, and have been approved by the BLM to house 10 or more wild horses or burros at any given time. Through this program there are two options. One is gentling the animals and finding an adopter/purchaser or serving as a pick-up location for other approved TIP
trainers, adopters or purchases. If you would like to discuss becoming a Storefront location or would like more information, please call our office at 512-869-3225.

 

Storefront Locations

Application DeadlineEvent DateEvent LocationP/U LocationP/U DateContact
Trainers Selected!March 10Welcome Home Ranch
Queen Creek, AZ
Florence, AZHorses Picked-UpAnnie MacDermaid
(480) 352-7827
wildmustangannie@yahoo.com
Trainers Selected!March 23-26Albany Expo Center
Albany, OR
Burns, ORHorses Picked-UpErica Fitzgerald
(503) 702-5359
ericafitzgerald77@yahoo.com
Trainers Selected!May 18-20
*with EMM
Jacksonville Equestrian Center
Jacksonville, FL
Unadilla, GAHorses Picked-UpAshley Stevenson
(954) 605-0028
lakotasurprise@aol.com
Trainers Selected!June 10Legacy Events Center
Farmington, UT
Delta, UTHorses Picked-UpJanet Tipton
(801) 554-4431
flyingtacres@gmail.com
Trainers Selected!June 15-17
*with EMM
Eastern States Exposition
West Springfield, MA
Logan Township, NJHorses Picked-UpPeter Whitmore
(978) 652-2231
whitmore_peter@hotmail.com
April 7thJune 24Vista, CAVista, CA28-AprErika Hunter
(619) 964-0788
erikahunter@live.com
Trainers Selected!July 1Ford Idaho Horse Park
Nampa, ID
Boise, IDHorses Picked-UpMatt Zimmerman
(541) 212-0035
zimht111@gmail.com
Trainers Selected!July 6-8
*with EMM
Kentucky Horse Park
Lexington, KY
Ewing, ILHorses Picked-UpRebecca Bowman
(859) 489-8141
youthmustangky@gmail.com
April 14th August 12It’s A Pleasure Training Equestrian Center
Orange, MA
Orange, MAMayPeter Whitmore
(978) 652-2231
youthmustangchallenge@gmail.com
Trainers Selected!August 17-19
*with EMM
Evergreen State Fairgrounds
Monroe, WA
Burns, ORApril 28-29Susan Clogston
(425) 489-0710
susan.mywy@gmail.com
April 6thAugust 18-19TBA, KYEwing, IL6-MayDominique Wood
(270) 928-2168
dominiquewood@earthlink.net
April 25th August 26-27Rock Springs, WYRock Springs, WY6-MayLynn Huckaby
(307) 360-7710
stackedheart@yahoo.com
May 5th September 2Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary
Deer Trail, CO
Deer Trail, CO3-JunStephanie Linsley
(303) 621-7752
storefront@greatescapesanctuary.org
April 15th September 9Labelle, FLJacksonville, FLMay 19-20Julia Sutherland
(239) 284-6182
wildmustangsrunnin@gmail.com
June 1st October 14Dual Star Ranch
Pearblossom, CA
Ridgecrest, CA1-JulAdam Gorey
(661) 547-3037
kuffs2011@gmail.com
August 1st November 10-11Wasatch County Fairgrounds
Heber Valley, UT
Delta, UT1-SepJanet Tipton
(801) 554-4431
flyingtacres@gmail.com

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

 

 

 

Click here to download the Program Expectations and Requirements.

 

 

 

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: www.chris-cox.com

Pat & Linda Parelli: www.parellinaturalhorsetraining.com 

Craig Cameron: www.craigcameron.com