Today I tried a couple of new things with Libby: First off, I rubbed her all over with a white plastic bag with Coke cans rattling inside it; she didn't like it much at first, but settled right down after a few minutes. Then I got her near a leaf-blower, to see how she'd handle the noise. She didn't raise much fuss about that either, unless I let the air blow on her; and even then it wasn't that strong a reaction. I'll repeat both exercises daily until she shows no fear at all.
Later I went out onto the orchard-grass pasture where the horses are grazing these days and sat on the ground to watch them. I even laid down, part of the time. Blue and Libby came right over to check me out; they knew this wasn't usual behavior for me.
Cliff is pretty sure there's plenty of grazing for the four horses to last until December first, which is really stretching the pasture season here in Missouri... especially after the sort of near-drought we've had this year.