Our Mission

We understand the demands and complexities of life can be stressful and overwhelming. At Nestldown Therapeutic Riding Center, we provide a magical place for people of all abilities to improve their mental, emotional, and physical health by connecting with horses. We believe celebrating success with horses translates to a renewed joy and confidence in our daily lives. 


Our Story

Nestldown Therapeutic Riding Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 founded in 2006. In our first year of operation we provided therapeutic riding lessons to ten students between the ages of 8-18 years old. Due to limited resources, we paused operations in 2009. Over the past few years we have been working to secure a location and re-open the riding center. As of April 2018 we are extremely happy to be providing equine activities and serve the community once again. We currently have 6 horses and one miniature donkey in our care. Our instructors provide lessons individuals and groups of all ages and abilities.

Almost every person can benefit from therapeutic riding.  The natural affinity between people and animals has proven a powerful way of enabling our riders to achieve their full potential and the unconditional love and friendship offered by our horses is a great benefit to all.

Alexandra Beck

Alexandra Beck Founder, Executive Director

“Starting the riding center has been a dream come true. I have experienced first hand the unconditional love and understanding of horses since I was young and wanted to share that with others. I have a background in education and really enjoy working with our young students who are just starting to gain confidence in themselves. I learned about equine therapy in high school when I first volunteered for the riding center and after attending Boston University and teaching for a few years, I knew it was time to re-open our barn doors.”


Madison Tomlin Barn Manager, Lead Instructor

“I have been working with and training horses since I was a teenager and started teaching lessons about three years ago. I have always wanted to help rescue and rehabilitate horses while helping them find a new love and purpose. In that process, I got to work with wonderful supporters and students who helped my growing herd. I have recently moved my two horses up to the riding center and they love it. I truly enjoy helping our riding students gain a better understanding of horses and themselves and I hope we can rescue more horses in the future.”

Our Herd

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