"Going to Mongolia was a transforming adventure. My perception of horses, life and everything will never be the same "
It all started in Mongolia
Ride Like a Viking is a family run farm, horse rescue and educational center in Tynset Norway.
We teach horse owners to connect with horses and train and ride at liberty - without depending on treats.
We also take on rescues and train them to become liberty riding horses while making educational videos of the process.
This journey started when Cathrine Fodstad became first Norwegian to complete Mongol Derby, the word`s longest and toughest horse race.
Cathrine is educated horse trainer from Holar University College and Riding Instructor from Norwegian Equine Center, she has 35 years of experience with horses.
The semi-wild horses of Mongolia taught her how horses really are. After the 1 000 km race her left ankle and perception of horses has never been the same.
With a heart for liberty riding
Now she and her youngest son Olav tech others to train and handle horses in tune with their nature.
When given the chance, horses can control themselves and form strong bonds with their owners. They are also capable of using their bodies in a functional way, with hind-leg engagement, without being micromanaged.
This is because the mind of the horse affects how they use their body. When their mind is happy and relaxed, their bodies take a functional shape with natural self-carriage and hind leg engagement, coming from self.
This makes riding a whole lot easier for us and much healthier for the horse.
Best part is you don`t have to be a fit and technically good rider to achieve this. When your horse is relaxed, forward and wants to be where he or she is, riding and handling becomes easy!
Sustainability and animal welfare
We want to make this world a better place for horses and do our best to take on as many rescues as we can as well as teach and practice horse friendly methods, some of which are unique to the Ride Like a Viking program.
Besides rescuing horses we donate money to SOS Children's Villages every year. Our main educational activity is an online Course community, which has very little greenhouse gas emissions- compared to travelling. When travelling by plane we donate to CoolEarth. See donations here.
Our farm animals are free to roam outside all year and live a natural herd life, with access to at will water, food and housing in winter. In summer our sheep and horses graze the outland surrounding the farm. The farm practice is KSL approved with emphasis on sustainable land use, animal welfare and no use of pesticides. In addition to farming Cathrine and her horses have participated in several movie and course productions.