horseback riding http://michiganradio.org en Lock-picking horse 'Houdini' making waves on YouTube http://michiganradio.org/post/lock-picking-horse-houdini-making-waves-youtube <p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2013/02/houdini_horse_from_midland_is.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed:+michigan-news+%28Michigan+News,+Updates,+Photos,+Videos+and+Opinions+-+MLive.com%29&amp;utm_content=Google+Reader">Bob Johnson of The Saginaw News</a> posted a piece on Sandy and Don Bonem's lock-picking horse this morning.</p><p>The Bonem's shot video of their horse last year and were hoping it would wind up on America's Funniest Videos.</p><p>But when that didn't happen, the decided to post it on YouTube:</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:04:43 +0000 Mark Brush 11245 at http://michiganradio.org Horseback riding bill may cost state millions in federal aid http://michiganradio.org/post/horseback-riding-bill-may-cost-state-millions-federal-aid <p>State lawmakers are considering legislation that would <a href="http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/2011/11/04/efforts-to-bolster-horseback-riding-tourism-could-threaten-federal-money/">open more state owned land to horseback riding.</a> But the proposal could also end up costing Michigan millions of dollars in federal grant money.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The state House Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation committee is scheduled to discuss the <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(h0iabo55onnekvbt0iq23t55))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectname=2011-HB-4684">horseback riding bill</a> Wednesday. The bill&rsquo;s sponsor says opening up more state parkland to horseback riding could increase tourism.&nbsp;</p><p>But Erin McDonough says the state could lose $25 to 30 million&nbsp;in federal grant money. McDonough is the executive director of the <a href="http://www.mucc.org/2011/11/millions-in-federal-sportsmens-dollars-at-risk/">Michigan United Conservation Clubs. </a>The federal grant money is intended to promote hunting and McDonough says increasing horseback riding would negatively affect land the state bought for hunting.&nbsp;</p><p><em>&quot;There&rsquo;s a way to have a balance.&nbsp; And there&rsquo;s a way for everybody to have recreational opportunities on all those lands,&quot;</em> says McDonough.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>McDonough says supporters of the bill do not believe federal officials will follow through with a threat to cut the grant funding.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan has approximately 80 thousand recreational horseback riders using around 25 hundred miles of trails around the state. Tue, 08 Nov 2011 20:15:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 4882 at http://michiganradio.org Horseback riding bill may cost state millions in federal aid Bringing a horse to water, and water to Haiti http://michiganradio.org/post/bringing-horse-water-and-water-haiti <p>This is not your typical road trip. Brandy and Ashley Nelsey, sisters from West Branch, will be traveling across the country on horseback and raising money for the Haiti Water Project along the way. Jennifer White spoke with Brandy Nelsey about what inspired the trip.</p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 21:46:33 +0000 Jennifer White & Michigan Radio Newsroom 4096 at http://michiganradio.org Bringing a horse to water, and water to Haiti