The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program manages healthy wild horses and burros. Created to implement the Wild-Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act passed by Congress in 1971, the program has seen nearly 50,000 wild horses and burros removed from public lands.
The Mustang Heritage Foundation helps find forever homes for as many of these horses as it can. One way it does that is through TIP (Trainer Incentive Program), a training and adoption program that engages talented horse trainers nationwide. Approved TIP trainers gentle and halter train BLM-branded wild horses and burros, then market and find new homes for them.
TIP Challenges are competitions that allow competitors to showcase the talents of their wild horses or burros. TIP Challenge competitors adopt or purchase their competition animal and gentle it in-hand in preparation for the in-hand only TIP Challenge event.
“Wild to Mild” is a local TIP challenge that culminates with a performance at the Montrose County Fair.