The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced an opportunity for experienced horse trainers to participate in a new pilot program called the Trainer Ambassador Pilot Program (TAPP).

The BLM hopes to contract with experienced trainers who use minimal resistance or natural horsemanship techniques to have them train wild horses and help the BLM place them into good homes. Deadline to submit a proposal is April 22.

Proposals for the pilot program will only be accepted from trainers residing in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The proposal should include a description of the applicant’s facility, expected feed and care costs, and horse training experience. The BLM will reimburse the trainer a flat negotiated training fee and adoption/sales fee once the trained wild horse meets BLM’s specific training criteria and is placed into private care.

To review the solicitation:

  1. Go to www.fedconnect.net;
  2. Click on “Search Public Opportunities”;
  3. Under “Search Criteria,” select “Reference Number”;
  4. Put in the solicitation number (L16PS00289); and
  5. Click “Search” and the solicitation information will appear. The solicitation form describes what to subm