Sonrisas Trails is embarking on a new therapeutic tool that will allow us to serve more people and one that will dramatically enhance the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding for our current riders.The Ropes Challenge Course, on the surface, looks like a completely unrelated therapy to that of therapeutic horseback riding. Remarkably, the same part of the brain is affected and the physical, mental and emotional benefits from these two therapies are essentially the same. In fact, when therapeutic equine therapy is done in conjunction with the ropes challenge course, the resulting benefits and positive outcomes are exponentially greater. Within the last few years, equine therapy and rope challenge courses have become one of the leading therapies for military veterans suffering from PTSD. Through experiential learning, participants gain confidence, build trust and enhance their problem solving and team building
skills. The course exercises help to dispel some of the myths about disabilities and challenge the Veteran to trust and take help from others in a safe environment. The power lies in the ability to transfer lessons learned in the experience into behavior or attitude changes in their life.
Through grants and donations, Sonrisas Trails has secured the funding for this project and will be building a state-of-the-art high and low element ropes challenge course adjacent to our covered therapeutic horseback riding center.
Complete with a hydraulic belay system, this ropes challenge course enables those with physical disabilities to enjoy the benefits of this therapy just as much or more as those without physical limitations. This facility will be the first community-based center in Texas. Our primary focus is, and always will be, to serve those with special needs and our Military Veterans. The ropes challenge course will be available by appointment to the community for team building exercises when our special needs and Military Veteran classes are not in session. This innovative concept and center will benefit the entire community. Everyone both young and old, those with disabilities and those without, will all have a place at Sonrisas Trails. We thank you for your faith and trust in Sonrisas Trails.