Do you dream of using your training skills while helping horses in need? Are you searching for your next partner for the arena, ranch, or trail?
If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s Trainer Incentive Program (TIP) might be your dream come true.
This adoption-focused program engages trainers nationwide to gentle and rehome wild horses and burros currently in Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding. Once approved, TIP trainers halter train wild horses and burros, then market the gentled animal and find an adopter whose needs match up with the animal’s ability. Once a home is approved for a new horse or burro, the TIP trainer receives reimbursement from MHF.
“Lots of people have the capability [to train with TIP],” explained TIP Trainer Nicki Creasey. “If all you can save is one, two, three or four a year, you have to be realistic about that. But the fact that I can do it means anyone can do it.”
Nicki’s Burro Basecamp in Castle Rock, CO, focuses on training and finding homes for burros, but many TIP trainers work with both burros and horses or just horses, too.
“Through the TIP program, we’re able to make a significant difference in a large number of lives,” Nicky continued. “Without the Mustang Heritage Foundation, we wouldn’t have the means to be able to get all of these wonderful creatures into homes.”
If you’re looking for a new addition to your herd, your home might be the one a wild horse or burro has been waiting to find. Visit mustangheritagefoundation.org/TIP to see trainers in your area who can match you with a horse or burro.
“For me, the reason for doing this is to give animals a future,” Nicki shared. “It really is a dream come true.”