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About Miles Henry

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 don’t care for all the animals myself, I have assistance with the horses, so there is a team, not just me. My family has barrel racers, ropers, and horse lovers who enjoy recreational trail riding.

What will you find on horseracingsense.com? Our articles are about horses, the horse racing industry, and everything equestrian. Plus, interesting facts about horse breeds, history, tack, and proper riding gear.

Picture of yearling colts in a pasture.

“I try to provide the most comprehensive information for people who are interested in horses or the horse racing industry,”

Picture of me (Miles Henry) with one of our racehorses in the barn.
Me
Picture of a horse heading to the starting gates for a race.
Heading to the starting gates
Picture of a horse getting its front legs wrapped.
Wrapping legs
Picture of our horse Geisha Moon Page after winning a race.
Our horse Geisha Moon Bug

Horses

I currently have eight horses in training at the Folsom, Louisiana, training center. They are all Thoroughbreds and at different stages of their racing career. Here are a few pictures of our horses:

Picture of me with one of our yearlings.
Picture of a thoroughbred stallion.
Picture of our horse in a barn
Picture of a young thoroughbred stallion.
chestnut.filly
Picture of our racehorse Mindy with her jockey

Experience:

  • Racehorse owner’s license.
  • Racing quarterhorses
  • Thoroughbred racehorses
  • Barrel racing
  • Trail riding
  • Ponies
  • Raised horses
  • Bought horses from private sellers
  • Bought horses at Thoroughbred yearling auctions
  • Bought horses at Quarterhorse yearling auctions
  • I bought racehorses at auctions
  • Attended and bought horses at mixed-sale auctions
  • Member of AQHA
  • Member of The Jockey Club

MY STORY: Miles Henry

I grew up in Louisiana around 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, trail ride, 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 I got from my uncle Vernon. He already had a few races under his belt, but my uncle stopped racing him because of his poor showing. I wanted him to use it for barrel racing but committed to Vernon that I would 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 cheap 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 to run 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, and risky, but also fun and rewarding. There are many ways you can make money in the industry, but I would never advise someone to invest in horse racing to earn a living, especially if they are inexperienced with horses.

Picture of us tacking up a racehorse.
Tacking up for a race

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 horseracingsense.com. I enjoy trail riding and the community of horse friends.

I started Horse Racing Sense to share our experiences with others. I hope the information will help them avoid some of the pitfalls and mistakes many others make in the horse industry. However, don’t expect things to go smoothly all the time. Even after being in the industry for years, I constantly am faced with new issues.

We have owned racehorses, barrel horses, hunting horses, and trail-riding horses. We hit some snags along the way but survived and enjoy sharing what I 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), The Jockey Club (the Thoroughbred registry), and I am active in many equine groups.

Picture of a two year old horse
Two Year Old Colt

MY WORK STORY


After I graduated from high school, I went to college, joined the Navy, 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; that was over 20 years ago. It has been a great experience; I have met great people and learned many things about life and business.

Recent trip

We recently visited Ireland and saw a lot of beautiful horses. It is a country with a long history of horsemanship. For centuries, horses have been an essential part of Irish culture, and they continue to play an important role in the country today.

There are multiple horse breeds native to Ireland, and the sport of horse racing is hugely popular. In addition, horse-drawn carriages are still commonly used for transportation in some parts of the country.

It’s clear that this country loves its horses because there were so many gorgeous ones running around in the fields. Below are just a few pictures of the horses I saw during my trip to Ireland.

Picture of white horses in a field.
Horses on the Cliffs of Moher
horse on the Irish plain
Young Thoroughbreds
Picture of an Irish Draft horse.
Irish Draught Horse
Picture of a sorrel horse with a flaxen mane.
Sorrel with a Flaxen Mane

Contact me: at [email protected] or through my Facebook account https://www.facebook.com/miles.henry.334839. I’m not up to speed on Facebook, but I will check in there occasionally.


MY BUCKET LIST

  • Run a Marathon: Complete; I’ve run three marathons; they were amazing experiences; I hope to complete a few more.
  • Hike the Appalachian Trail. Not Completed
  • Travel to all of the continents. 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 daughter’s wedding. Not complete
  • Travel to Paris-Complete: I traveled last year with my wife and daughter to Paris and Venice, Italy.

  • Travel to Antarctica: Completed: I always wanted to see this place.
  • Ride in a Mardi Gras Parade: Completed; I rode in multiple parades, most recently with Babylon Crew in New Orleans.
  • Travel to an All-Inclusive in the Caribbean: Completed, our family, traveled to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.