Animal Awareness Month at was celebrated at Coryell's Crossing in Warrenton with a visit on Feb. 4 from Waldstar, pictured above, a Haflinger owned by Ann Heineck of Seaside.

"Waldstar gets up-close and personal as she answers questions for the children with nodding her head yes and no," Heineck wrote in an e-mail to the Ear. "She is a special trained horse who has a mission in life helping children and adults better understand different breeds of animals and their daily needs, as well as the love animals have to offer their owners.

"The children were excited and loved being able to have one-on-one time with Waldstar, as she proved that even a horse can learn sign language, body commands and communication while trained with natural horsemanship.

"Horses are becoming more and more popular with our young children and it's nice to see Coryell's Day care is going the extra mile helping children in our community learn that with education and knowledge, we will have less animal cruelty and learn respect for nature and its perfect balance."

The Ear suspects Waldstar is a very astute teacher.

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