Isidro Espinoza Horsemanship LLC
TIP (Trainer Incentive Program)
TIP (Trainer Incentive Program)
The Trainer Incentive Program (TIP) was created by the Mustang Heritage Foundation to facilitate the placement of gentled mustangs into permanent homes for the same price as a wild mustang ($125). This foundation is a non-profit created with the sole purpose of developing programs to help train and place BLM mustangs into permanent homes. You can learn more about this incredible organization by clicking this link: www.mustangheritagefoundation.org
We regularly pick up mustangs from the BLM for the TIP Program. Upon completion of the TIP Program wild mustangs and burros will know how to be haltered, lead, tie, pick up all four feet, be groomed and load on a trailer. Once the horse or burro meets these requirements they can be adopted or purchased from the BLM for $125. We also offer saddle training after TIP program training at the new adopter/owners expense in our regular training program (found on this website under "training"). This is one way to acquire a mustang trained by Isidro Espinoza Horsemanship LLC.
If you are interested in acquiring a TIP trained mustang please complete the following step 1 to get on the waiting list for a TIP trained mustang by Isidro Espinoza Horsemanship LLC. When we pick up new mustangs we will go through the list and offer them to people in the order received.
Step 1: Fill out this interest form to get on the waiting list.
Step 2: We will send you the BLM adoption/purchase application with instructions on how to complete it once you have decided on an animal. You then submit to your local BLM office (if you need help finding out who that is we can help you with this).
Step 3: You can come visit your horse/burro or we can send you video showing the animal has met all TIP requirements: halter, lead, pick up all four feet and load on a trailer.
Step 4: You complete either a PMACA (adoption agreement) or Bill of Sale with BLM (BLM will work with you on this) and pay the $125 fee directly to BLM (BLM will give you instructions on this). There are two types of acquiring mustang/burro, either adopting from BLM (you have to wait a full year to obtain title of animal) or direct purchase from BLM also known as "Sale Authority" where you get immediate title. We will let you know which your animal is eligible for.
Step 5: You complete assessment form we send you stating you have witnessed animal performing TIP requirements of being haltered, leading, picking up all four feet and loading on a trailer. You pick up or arrange for transport of your animal (or if you want saddle training horse transitions into our training program).
Salt River Reservation
Salt River Reservation
We are in partnership with an Indian Reservation to assist in training and finding the Salt River Spanish Mustang wild horses appropriate good homes. This herd is not affiliated with the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (horses on Federal land) though they do share the same lineage/history (the herd was split when a highway was put in through their habitat). This herd is on the Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservation and these horses are owned by the tribe. They manage the herd by letting some of the wild horses find independent homes off the reservation. Isidro Espinoza Horsemanship LLC is helping to assist these horses getting into good homes to people who may not have the necessary facilities and/or skill set to train a completely wild horse. These mustangs can be traced back to Spanish Barbs brought to North America. They have a very unique look, colors and temperament.
*please do not go to the Reservation to view these horses. They belong to the tribe and they do not want visitors, thank you.
To learn more about the Salt River mustangs please click on this link: https://saltriverwildhorsemanagementgroup.org/less-than-500-wild-horses-remain-on-public-lands-in-arizona/
**This program is not affiliated with the BLM or the Mustang Heritage Foundation TIP Program.
How the program works:
1. Fill out interest form. This puts you on a time stamped waiting list.
2. We will then contact you for a phone interview if we need more information.
3. Once we get new Salt River mustangs in for training we contact you then send you pictures of the available horses. If you pass over the horses they go to the next person on the list for choice and so on. You do not lose your place on the list if you pass on a horse.
4. Once you pick a horse horse will then enter the training program and need to fill out an adoption application (see steps 5 & 6 below). The following programs are available:
- a. Gentling training only (mandatory) – this costs $800 and includes one month of gentling training to get the horse halter broke, lead, ties, picks up all four feet and loads on a trailer. This is the minimum required training in order to get a Salt River mustang.
- b. Started under saddle – this costs $800 per month for approximately 1 month (after gentling training).
- c. Green broke under saddle – this costs $800 per month for approximately 3 months (after gentling training month).
- d. Solid broke under saddle – this costs $800 per month for approximately 6 months (after gentling training month).
*These are recommended time frames to get horses trained to these levels. Depends greatly on personality and disposition of the horse.
5. When you select a horse we will send you an adoption application. Once that adoption application is approved you will go to step 6.
6. You will complete a training agreement with us and pay month to month for the additional training. You can shorten or extend the training as you like. You are not required to commit to any length of time (other than one month gentling training). We do train at the horse’s pace and horses will be trained 5 days a week.
7. Just like with BLM you will need to wait a full year to receive title to your Salt River mustang from the tribe. If you plan to sell this horse before that time you will need to contact us asap. Horse cannot legally be sold without title.
Some things to take note regarding the Salt River Mustangs.
- a. They have never received vaccines.
- b. They have never been dewormed.
- c. They have never had a Coggins drawn on them.
- d. They have never had their feet trimmed.
- e. They have never had their teeth checked or floated.
- f. Average height is 13-14hh.
*We can deworm, vaccinate and trim them if you so desire at your expense. We also have a local vet who can vaccinate, deworm, check/float teeth and pull a Coggins plus do health certificates at your expense (paid directly to the vet). If you will be taking your horse out of Arizona a negative Coggins and Health Certificate is required.
Sometimes we get mustangs/horses in that need rehab or are on consignment. You can find a list of our current mustangs/horses in our rehab program or consignment program under the "available horses" tab on this website. Prices will vary and increase with additional training. Goal is to find the most appropriate horse/human match home.
Link to available horses here: AVAILABLE HORSES