Senate Bill 496: "Introduced on April 30, 2009, to impose a requirement that horseback riders on state land must buy a bridle tag for $5 per day, $25 per year or $60 for three years, and use the money to establish and maintain a network or horseback riding trails. The bill would authorize a state equine trailways commission to 'advise' the Department of Natural Resources on the use of the trailway network and the use of the new fee money."
It is ironic that a bill is introduced to establish new trails when the DNR has shut down one of the largest riding trails in the state. On top of that, the bill proposes to charge fees to ride and perhaps worse, create another "commission" with all the expenses to go with it.
These kinds of actions will discourage out-of-state trail riders from coming to Michigan. They will have fewer trails and higher costs to ride. It will put a huge dent in the $8 Billion equine industry in this state. How unfortunate.