About My Journey to Horse Racing Sense
Hello, My name is Miles Henry, and Horse Racing Sense is a website where I share my experience with horses, ponies, and the horse racing industry. I plan to include a Youtube channel one day. I have some assistance with the website and articles, so there is a team, not just me.
We include articles about not only horses and the horse racing industry but all things equestrian. Plus interesting facts about horse breeds, history, tack, and proper riding gear.
“I try to provide the most comprehensive information for people who are interested in horses or the horse racing industry,”
- Racing quarterhorses
- Thoroughbred racehorses
- Barrel racing
- Trail riding
- Raised horses
- Bought horses from private sellers
- Bought horses at Thoroughbred yearling auctions
- Bought horses at Quarterhorse yearling auctions
- Bought racehorse at auction
- Attended and bought horses at mixed sale auctions
- .Member of AQHA
MY STORY: Miles Henry
I grew up with quarter horses. My grandfather was a cattle rancher and rode horses daily, he also broke and raised quarter horses for his livelihood. We used horses to work cattle and hunt. After graduating from college, with an advanced degree, I purchased my own horses and raised them on my farm. We trained quarter horses for barrel racing and eventually got into the horse racing business.
Our first racehorse was a gelding that already had a few races under his belt. Because of his poor showing his owner stopped racing him. We wanted him to use for barrel racing but committed to the seller to run him one more time before transitioning him to barrels.
Our trainer advised us that the previous owners were running him at the wrong distances, and we should try something different. We entered our horse in a low-priced claiming race at a longer length. He ran second, and we were hooked.
Our gelding continued running in the money and had a nice career. We eventually took him home and trained him for running barrels. He wasn’t as successful running barrels, but his pleasant demeanor and easy way of traveling made him a perfect pleasure horse.
Horse racing is expensive, hard work, risky, but also fun and rewarding.
I purchased racehorses at auctions, and from private sellers, and had success with both. We also raised horses at our home. I have faced many of the issues I write about in Horse Racing Sense. I enjoy trail riding and the community of horse friends.
We started Horse Racing Sense to share our experiences with others. We hope the information will help them avoid some of the pitfalls and mistakes many others make in the horse industry.
We have owned racehorses, barrel horses, hunting horses, and trail riding horses. We hit some snags along the way but survived. We all enjoy sharing what we have learned.
I’ve helped people buy racehorses and advised others to stay away from some. I’m a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. (AQHA) and am active in many equine groups.
MY WORK STORY
After I graduated from high school, I went to college, joined the Navy, and gained a post-graduate degree, and eventually opened my own business. Working for myself allowed me to pursue my interests in horses.
Even though I grew up with horses, the only racehorse owner I knew was one distant cousin. I picked his brain about the business side of horse racing and dove in headfirst.
It has been a great experience, I have had the pleasure of meeting great people and learning many things about life and business.
MY BUCKET LIST
- Run a Marathon: Complete, I’ve run two marathons, both were amazing experiences, I hope to complete a few more.
- Hike the Appalachian trail. Not Completed
- Travel to all of the contenents. Not completed still have a couple to go
- Whitewater rafting: Completed, in 2019 in Gatlinburg, Tn.
- Jump from a plane: Completed. My son and a couple of friends parachuted in Mississippi. Next time I’m doing this with my daughter.
- Dance at my youngest daughters wedding. Not complete
- Travel to Paris-Complete: I traveled last year with my wife and daughter not only to Paris, but also Venice, Italy.
- Travel to Antartica: Completed: This was always someplace I wanted to see.
- Ride in a Mardi Gras Parade: Completed, rode in multiple parades most recently with Babylon Crew in New Orleans
- Travel to an All-Inclusive in the Carribean: Completed, our family traveled to the Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.