Our Mission

We understand that 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

Living in the Bay Area is demanding, especially for those that face adversity. The more we try to keep up, the more we sacrifice our own well-being. This can lead to feeling isolated and burnt out. At Nestldown Therapeutic Riding Center, we help people of all abilities improve their mental, emotional, and physical health by experiencing the calming and non-judgemental nature of horses. When people come to our center, they experience a renewed joy and confidence in their daily lives. We exist because when people connect with horses, they feel empowered and restored.

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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