I apologize if this was already covered in another thread, but I couldn't find one when I looked.
Anyway, I've been riding one of the barn owners personal horses for the last couple of months, just keeping the mare in shape. She's a 21 year old arabian mare with a heck of a lot of spunk and attitude. She's pretty much the personality equivalent of my late boy, Rocky. Okay, so on to the dilemma. She has COPD. I'd never had any experience with it until I started riding her. At this point, she's perfectly find, except that she'll cough when she gets winded; so I just have to watch how hard she's worked out on trail.
I read up on COPD and heard (can't remember where) that horses with this condition should be on pasture because dust from barns can aggravate the condition. Thing is, this mare is stalled al the time and when she does get turned out, it's in a dusty indoor arena. I casually asked about this to the owner and was told that "its fine".
So basically what I want to know, from any of you with experience with this condition, am I worrying needlessly?? I'm just concerned that her condition will deteriorate faster (more coughing, shortness of breath) being around so much dust. Thing is, this mare is an arabian through and through. She adores being out and being ridden, motors her little heart out for me on trail, and it breaks my heart to think that she might be unridable sooner if her condition gets worse. So please, any insight or information is appreciated. I want to make sure I'm not overreacting and figured my horseforum friends could help me out.