I may try to start taking Gabe and Tessa on some of our short hand-walking sessions. For now, I think it is the best I can do, at least until Ramsey's foot no longer needs to be bandaged and he and Emma are no longer confined to the barn most of the time.
Ramsey's care still takes up nearly all of my time and energy. The little bit left over goes into keeping everybody fed, watered, and healthy. There are just not enough hours....The horses have certainly been a bit neglected over the last few months as a result. I devoutly hope that it won't go on like this for too much longer, but I can't back off of Ramsey's medical care now. The vets at Cornell told me when I agreed to the surgery that his aftercare and recovery would be prolonged and extensive. They were so very right.
I think what Gabe needs more than anything is a steady job. He is just a couple of months shy of his 6th birthday. He's a young, energetic, healthy boy in his prime, suffering from the boredom of winter and lack of exercise. If he had steady employment, the thrill of donkey chasing might not be so alluring. Unfortunately, I am just spread too thin right now to give him the work he needs.
Every time I look at Gabe I am reminded of an old farmers saying, do any of you remember this:
One boy is a whole boy
Two boys are half a boy
Three boys are no boy at all.