Is your horse at times unfocused, lazy or anxious and you feel the need to use force to get your horse "in place" - while what you really want is a partnership where your horse follows at liberty and can be ridden with light signals? 

Is your horse at times difficult to stop or hard in the mouth? But buying sharper bits and keeping a firm grip on the reins has not worked as planned?

A few exercises done in a mindful way, will solve these problems - while building a magic bond with your equine partner, enabling you to train and ride at liberty, without depending on treats. 

You are the best trainer for your horse

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 and a functional top line, without being micromanaged. If we just let them!

This is because the mind of the horse affects how they use their body. When their minds are happy and relaxed, their bodies take a functional shape with natural self-carriage and hind leg engagement, coming from self.

That`s why knowing a few simple exercises that strengthens your bond with your equine partner and allows your horse to be comfortable, makes riding a whole lot easier for you and much healthier for the horse. 

You can achieve this even tho you are a novice rider, young, old or handicapped. 

Experience the joy of riding a self- controlling and connected horse, that is easy to collect!

Riding on loose reins or at liberty doesn`t mean your horse is on the front part. On the contrary!

Horses collect from behind to forward. Reaching your horse`s hind legs while not needing reins up front for control facilitates hind leg engagement and a functional top line. 

As a result of the hind being engaged your horse will rise in the withers, lift the back and curve the neck. This is also called collection, although we don`t like to talk about that cause the mare word encourages riders to pick up the reins and curl their horse`s neck, and therefore ride the horse from front to behind. Which is the opposite of collection and a huge and very common pitfall.

We avoid all of that by training our horses and ourselves to ride without depending on the reins, which, when the time comes makes collection a lot easier! 

Learn how in the comfort of your home and facilities

In Ride Like a Viking Members you get access to step by step videos and weekly Q&As showing you how to train your horse to become easy to ride and handle at liberty without depending on treats.

Your instructor Cathrine Fodstad is certified horse trainer from Holar University College and instructor from Norwegian Equine Center, she has tamed hundreds of horses and is first Norwegian to complete Mongol Derby, world`s longest and toughest horse race.


After 35 years of riding and training horses, she discovered a method that consistently allowed her to connect with horses, and easily lead and ride them at liberty. - Now you can do the same through videos showing how (with different horses) and access to weekly live Q&A`s!

Liberty training may look complicated but its not, anyone can do this with any horse! In fact the more problems you may experience with your horse the bigger results and change you will notice. 

If you aren`t experiencing any problems with your horse and want more joy, more self carriage and more responsiveness to signals you`ll be amazed by the difference too!


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This is a wonderful training! Simple, effective, easy to follow and mind blowing results from very little doing. I love it! You get questions answered and progress with your horse making connection the principal goal without spending months doing the same thing over and over - and the cost is very reasonable. The simple exercise of standing with my horse until he focused and relaxed, helped me a lot with Hàkon. Two days later I was able to trailer load him!

 Dominique Fletcher



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Connection is the greatest reward we can give our horse! As herd and flight animals horses value company and someone taking the guard higher than food. When you learn this you become the treat which is what makes liberty training without treats possible. 

Body Language


Horses communicate with each other through body language. That`s why it`s wise to use body language when talking to horses. By learning how to communicate clearly and mindfully with your body, you become your horses`s trusted friend and beloved leader. 

Liberty Riding

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By giving choices in a strategic way we make our idea the horse`s idea. This technique is the reason we never have to win or start a battle with horses. Knowing how to do this will enable you to train horses in a safer way, even the ones others have given up on. 


Showing how with different horses


Connect with your horse

By practicing the exercise in this unit, you will:

  • Be able to claim personal space without offending the horse

  • Get your horse’s attention and relaxation while taking the guard

  • Become the treat when training you horse 


Find and follow the slack

If we want a great partnership with our horse, it`s important that we take leadership in a way that is natural and comfortable for the horse to understand.

You will get the path to success when leading off body language and learn how to teach your horse to follow the slack.


Communicate with body language

when using halter and lead

Learn how to use body language when communicating with your horse so that you can move all part of your horse off body language from a distance. 


Train and lead at liberty 

This unit teaches how to communicate with horses at liberty by using body language. You will also learn how to lead your horse without lead rope.



Help your horse become braver

and less spooky

Make your horse braver and less spooky to potentially scary objects and situations, without hurting yourself or the horse in the process.

This unit also includes videos on saddling at liberty and saddle fitting, - a great way to ensure your horse is comfortable when being saddled. 


Ride with light signals

Learn a step by step path to feel in the reins, which will make your horse respond with softness to your rein and easy to stop, in any situation!    

You will also learn how to attach your leg aid to the hind-leg of the horse and ride your horse from behind to forward. 


Trailer loading made easy

By using the groundwork taught in this program your horse will become attracted by the trailer. You will also learn how to practice connection to get rid of claustrophobia or stress that your horse might associate with the trailer. 


Teach your horse self-control

Make your horse self controlling by giving choices. After knowing this you will no longer need to use your riding aids or lunge line to control the horse, because you`ll know how to make your idea your horse`s idea. 


Ride without bridle

Once you’ve completed the previous units you have developed a new connection with your horse. With this in place, you will be surprised how easy it is to ride without reins!​ This unit teaches you the important last pieces of the puzzle, that makes liberty riding safe and easy.

If you don`t want to ride at liberty - you are allowed to skip it! Be proud of yourself for knowing how to ride a horse without depending on the reins for control.


Fun stuff to do with horses

This unit is all about doing fun stuff with horses! From taking them along as hand horse to play ball.

Ballgames are a great way to motivate lazy horse or desensitize nervous ones. This unit can be done earlier in the program. It`s however important, that horses respond to body language and respect our personal space before attempting to play ball with them.