The "TIP" or Trainer Incentive Program was developed by the Mustang Heritage Foundation as a way to facilitate mustang and burro adoptions by increasing accessibility to adopters. Th goal of this program is to provide these equines with a basic training foundation and placement into permanent homes. TIP trainers are approved through the MHF to receive, train, and place wild horses and burros. Animals are ready to be adopted out once they meet basic training requirements of haltering, leading, picking up feet, and loading on a trailer. These horses are available to approved adopters for the same cost as an untrained mustang, just $125.
Head to the Mustang Heritage Foundations Website below to learn more about this program and the adopting process.
TIP challenges are a chance for individuals to showcase their training skills and connect with fellow mustang enthusiasts. These events are funded by the MHF, but hosted by individuals. Despite what the name implies you do not have to be a TIP trainer to compete in a challenge! In fact, for many, competing in a TIP challenge is their first time training a mustang. These programs offer both youth and adult divisions. While competitive, these events offer a extremely welcoming and environment for first time and seasoned trainers alike. Competitors adopt or purchase their mustangs or burros on a predetermined pick up date, then they are given approximately 100 days to train their animal before competing. Typically, competition includes at least three classes all performed in-hand (no riding), a handling and conditioning class, a trail course class, and a freestyle class.
Fellow mustang trainers and TIP challenge hosts at Isidro Espinoza Horsemanship have a fantastic video outlining and explaining TIP Challenge details!
Extreme Mustang Makeovers (EMM's) are training competitions hosted by the Mustang Heritage Foundation. Approved trainers are assigned a riding age mustang and given approximately 100 days to train their horse before competing undersaddle at the event. All of the horses competing in an EMM are available to the public though auction at the event. EMM events also include a youth division for trainers under 18yo to compete in hand, youth horses are not auctioned.
Find details about the Extreme Mustang Makeover program and upcoming events on the Mustang Heritage Foundation's website.
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