The horses and I had an excellent morning. Everyone was calm. The horses that I asked to stand ground-tied in the barn aisle while I got their leading companion out, stood. Every horse was happy to stand in its stall door for a moment while I rubbed faces, necks and ears. As I was leading, the lead ropes swung gently in time with the feet. When I matched my breathing and steps to the feet of a horse and then, without touching a lead rope, slowed my breathing and steps, the horse slowed to match. Every horse that I asked to wait ground-tied at the gate while I let its companion go, stood patiently. This is what dancing feels like - what a delight!
After I turned out, and while water tanks were filling, I got the Jolly Ball out of the mare's dry lot and took it to Fred and Fritz - they were interested but haven't done much with it yet. Then I gave Fritz a good scratching on his chin, neck, chest and withers, which he enjoyed very much.
There's a report of White-winged Crossbills in the spruce trees up the road from the barn, so I'll have to go over and check that out.