Dr. Christa Boshoff is a director and therapy specialist for The Eden Empathy Initiative in Knysna. The program helps emotionally unstable children overcome their inner turmoils and trauma through working with animals, such as dogs and horses. Christa is incredibly caring and uses her love of animals to progress in her career and help others progress in their lives.
“I’ve always loved horses. In my second year of uni, I was involved in a serious car accident. I had brain trauma and was in a coma for two weeks. After that, my horses were my entire world. I worked from home for a year. My horses were everything.
“The more I sat with them, the more I worked with them, I realised how much healing they were giving me. I started giving lessons to kids and working with disabled people. Seeing how much emotional healing just the interaction with the horses brought them.
“Then I was confronted with boys who displayed very devious behaviour, I saw how much dealing with the horses helped them. It helped address the root of the problem, where everyone just looked at their behaviour – their behaviour is just a symptom. It will never go away if you don’t address the root cause. I started reading up on it.