Bex is a teacher of positive horsemanship, dedicated to enhancing compassion, clear communication and cooperation within horse-human partnerships. Bex has loved horses all her life, with pony club and show jumping filling her childhood and teen years. In her early twenties, however, her world pivoted when an encounter with a positive reinforcement dog trainer ignited a spark. Intrigued by the concept of clicker training and impressed by the incredible results she was seeing, Bex became obsessed with learning everything she could.
Bex spent several years without a horse as she studied vet nursing and animal behaviour, working with Guide Dogs and training drug-detector dogs for NZ Customs. Inevitably horses returned to her life in 2005 and Bex’s passion for clicker training reignited. She naturally went on to defy tradition and forge her own path utilising food rewards with horses. Shut down or nervous horses blossomed in confidence, and distracted or easily frustrated horses learned to focus and find mental balance. The way the horses became such eager, active participants in their own training process was addictive.
As founder of ‘Positively Together’ she delivers regular clinics and workshops nationwide and internationally, and teaches clients from around the world online. She also runs a thriving youth animal trainer programme in the Bay of Plenty. Bex has helped countless horse owners improve relationships, solve problems and enhance performance by incorporating positive reinforcement into their horsemanship. This learning is also enormously beneficial for the human end of the lead-rope - those who are anxious learn to be calm and present in the moment, focusing on what is going well, rather than on their own fears or worries.
Bex strongly believes that everyone (people and animals alike) has something to teach us. Teaching people is as much a passion for Bex as teaching horses. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for ethical, reward-based training with the rapidly increasing numbers of open-minded horse owners.