Horseman’s Health: Three reasons getting healthy is like gardening

Getting healthy is like gardening. You have to learn how to prepare the soil, take the time to nurture and protect yourself.

Do you love to plant your garden each spring but get frustrated when the harvest does not live up to expectations? Putting in all those new plants in freshly worked soil is so rewarding. The spring weather is cool and rain usually comes regularly and the plants grow beautifully. But then summer comes and suddenly the garden needs watering, weeding and pest control. Harvests decrease and plants start suffering if they don’t get regular care.

My gardening pattern has always looked like the above scenario but I am determined this year is going to be different. I have made the commitment to learn how to garden as I have learned how to keep myself healthy. There are three reasons I have been successful with my health and I am sure if I apply the same principles to gardening I can have a wonderful harvest.

Three reasons for success in getting healthy:

Learning all you can about staying healthy and applying that knowledge
Taking the time to nurture your health and get all the nutrition you need
Doing what is needed to combat external influences and attacks on your health

My gardening success plan:

Learn all I can about the soil and needs of individual plants
Take the time needed to weed and water my garden
Protect my plants from severe weather and pest attacks


There is so much information on health and gardening. Much of my knowledge about natural health has come from the health care professionals I know through the network marketing companies I work with. I have found great value from having these professionals explain how specific nutritional products work to help support and heal the body. My health has improved so much and I can deal in a natural way with almost all routine illnesses and injuries.

I found a similar source of gardening information at my local Geo Growers. The staff at Geo Growers is able to guide me as to what types of soil are best for different plants or gardening styles. I have a few good natural gardening books but it is nice to be able to have an experienced person to ask why apple cider vinegar should be used instead of seaweed or what type soil strawberries like. Slowly but surely, I am learning.

Taking the time

Finding the time to take care of myself is always a challenge but applying preventive nutrition has been time well spent. In addition to my regular support of my digestion with probiotics and enzymes, I also take products that help me rest. This algae supplement that is the heart of the algae with the cell wall removed feeds and supports my nervous system and eleviv helps me shift out of fight or flight  and into a relaxed place where I can sleep and renew my energy.


Farming and working with horses keeps me out in the elements and barn chores sometimes stress my body to the max. I can always reach for extra this immune support supplement if I feel a cold coming on or drink a little extra xango juice when I am stiff and sore. Extra CoQ10 will fix me up if my gums need extra attention or a supplement with an algae and wheat sprouts blend if I get too much sun.

I am looking forward to having this same kind of ability to support my garden during hard times. I am starting with healthy soil. I have already taken steps to keep the chickens away from my plants and will use sun and wind screens if needed. Hopefully we won’t have a drought again this year but even if we do I plan to have a wonderful harvest. Madalyn

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About Madalyn Ward, DVM

This blog provides information based on my unique take on horse health and well being. The articles are based on experience of treating and working with horses for over 40 years. In most cases the articles are focused on an holistic approach to health and management. When conventional medicine offers good research or therapy, I share this information as well. Madalyn Ward, DVM

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