I live a short distance from Lake Michigan. A VERY wealthy, very well known businessman owns 600 acres along the lakeshore. When said businessman ran for public office recently, signs were posted along the propery stating "No Trespassing Without Permission," even though this property has been used by dog walkers and horsemen for decades. I just called the corporation that Mr. Zillionaire owns, and asked about getting permission to walk my dogs and ride my horse on the property. The spokesperson told me that they would grant permission for walking dogs, but that they would "prefer" that horses not go there. I know (because the sherriff told me) that this is because of liability. I told the spokesperson that I would be more than happy to sign a legal document stating that I would not hold the owner responsible for any injury I sustained on his land. So here is my question: If I send a letter asking for permission to ride my horse on this property, and I get an OFFICIAL denial of permission, could I be in bigger trouble if I were caught trespassing there?? I'd love to have the owner's permission, so I can't get stung with a trespassing fine. But I wonder if I might regret giving the property owner my name and address. Any opinions??