Can Melatonin Help?
A healthy coat is essential
A horse’s coat is about much more than its color and distinguishing marks. The hair is part of one of the horse’s most significant body organs – the skin. However, the hair also has a functional role of its own, serving as a year-round barrier to protect the horse from infestations and disease-carrying insects.
It also protects the horse against seasonal elements, becoming thinner in time for hot weather and growing long enough to provide insulation during the winter months. As such, a horse’s coat is incredibly adaptable in helping to protect the animal.
An indicator of overall health
Horse owners understand that the coat plays another critical role as an indicator of the animal’s overall health. One of the rewards of caring for your horse is enjoying the beauty of a full, healthy-looking, shiny coat. Thus, a patchy, coarse, or sparse coat may indicate illness, nutritional deficiencies, or a hormonal imbalance.
Seasonal shedding explained
Seasonal shedding in horses occurs by photoperiods. This process activates as the light receptors in a horse’s eyes relay changes in daylight length to the pineal gland in the brain, which produces melatonin.
Horses grow a thicker winter coat that sheds in the spring to be replaced by a lighter summer coat. The shortening and lengthening of daylight hours trigger this pattern as the seasons change.
Problems with regrowth
Some horses don’t complete their shedding cycle in a typical pattern. They regrow hair at regular times but soon lose it over some regions of the body. The condition is known as seasonal alopecia, and the cause could be insufficient production of melatonin in the pineal gland.
An available solution
If your horse struggles with seasonal alopecia, you may want to add MELAWIN Melatonin Implants to your arsenal of potential remedies. Your horse deserves to have a beautiful, healthy coat, free of bald patches.