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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. 

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 super easy! 

Control is not the answer! Yet that's what we are taught

Even though I took a horse trainer degree from Holar University College and Riding Instructor at Norwegian Equine Center it was going to Mongolia and riding semi-wild horses there that taught me the most about horses.


A revealing experience of how much horses dislike being controlled and how controlling I was as a rider forever changed the way I ride and train horses. After teaching hundreds of horse owners (and dozens of trainers) how to apply choices instead of control, communicate through body language and operate through feel, I have developed a step-by-step video library and support system giving you everything you need to succeed.

I can’t wait to share with you this tested and proven method, that solves deep rooted problems and makes horses easy to train, with or without tack.


Cathrine Fodstad

A peaceful and safe solution

"In my work as an equestrian coach, I have met clients whose horses go into freeze or flight/fight mode. The program has provided a peaceful and safe solution to this. And we can use softer and smaller signals, because just the thoughts already influence change in the horse. This is my life's work and I find this method very pleasant and clear to apply to myself and my students. Thank you!"

Chantal De Young




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Connection is what makes you the treat when training horses and the herd when away from the herd, solving problems like anxiety and low responsiveness to signals right off the gate! 

Body Language


Horses speak through body language and respond to our body language, wherever we know what we are saying or not. Knowing this and communicating clearly makes horses trust and follow you. 

Choices & Feel

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Giving choices in a strategic way and operate through feel makes horses superlight to signals and responsive, it also makes liberty easy without needing to practice obedience or win battles.


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Have tried everything and is on the verge of giving up

Get the training techniques that work also with traumatized or complicated horses, while staying safe and having fun. 

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Want a horse who`s safe to ride but not boring

Install relaxation or forward (as needed) and get the riding signals that makes horses light and safe to ride. 

Consider making a living or side income with horses

Experience the demand by knowing how to solve problems in an easy, safe and uncomplicated way not many are aware of.



Connect with your horse

By practicing the exercise in this unit, you will become the herd when away from the herd by taking the guard and treat when training your horse so that you can do liberty without depending on pressure or treats.

How to connect with different horse types is also shown as there is no one size fits all and this first step of the training is very important to get right as it set`s the foundation. So that pushy horses respects your space without becoming upset and anxious horse truly find relaxation.  


Communicate with body language

Master using body language when communicating with your horse so that you can move all parts of your horse off body language from a distance. 

Using these tips in the daily handling solves and prevents problems without getting into conflicts and without doing particular training sessions to fix things. This unit will also teach your horse to catch you, even if your horse is hard to catch. 


Train and lead at liberty 

By communicating with horses through body language you will be able to lead and lunge horses without needing lead rope or treats.

You will also get insight into our unique system of choices which makes liberty easy and solves problems by addressing the cause not the symptoms. You`ll be able to make your idea the horse`s idea and build a true partnership with horses that isn't based obedience or treats.  


Ride with light signals

Experience the joy of riding a horse that respond with softness to your rein and is easy to stop, in any situation by mastering the bend to stop.  


You`ll also attach your leg aid to the hind-legs of the horse which provides a great forward and makes horses easy to collect. While being amazed how simple it is and wonder why no one taught you this earlier! 


Ride without reins

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.

It can also be done on loose reins as it will have the same effect. The important part is that you are able to ride a horse without needing the reins for control, which changes everything. 


Solve problems by having fun

This unit is all about doing fun stuff with horses! From taking them along as hand horse to ballplay, which motivates dull horses and makes nervous horses braver.  

Horses learn from having fun, with this unit you will not run out of ideas to spice up the training in a way that makes your horse look forward to the sessions.  


Trailer loading made easy

The groundwork you`ve already done in this program are what you need to trailer load your horse with ease. In this unit you get tools to solve claustrophobia or stress your horse might have in the trailer. 

So that you can trailer load your horse with ease and never need to worry about getting your horse into a trailer again. 


Brave and confident

Make your horse brave and confident 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 with the tack and when tacked up. 


Motivate a dull horse

This unit shows how to make a dull horse eager to work and easy to ride - and not pull the reins out of the riders hands to eat grass, even when ridden by kids. It also shows how to ride off from the stable at liberty with a home bound horse that is reluctant to go alone on trails. 


Understand what horses say

How horses feel affects their pattern of movement and behavior. Reading the subtle signs of anxiety and relaxation, is key to success with "challenging" horses and it`s also the foundation for hind leg engagement and a functional top line from self - with "normal" horses. 

My horse is super motivated and I have become a master of liberty!

"I was never good at liberty work and have always wanted to learn how to do it. I have 2 horses, one of whom is not motivated for groundwork and not forward in general. Then I found the Ride Like a Viking online training program with the short and highly practical videos, nicely built up in modules.

I followed Cathrine’s liberty training modules step by step and she explained a simple and golden key to motivate horses, following this tip, my horse is getting motivated more and more. Our scope of exercises is expanding and we have fun! By now I only need to point into a direction and off he goes! And the work transfers to our riding too!"

Elleke van Kraalingen




Join live interactive Q&As on Zoom where we find solutions and share suggestions, so that you never feel stuck! If you can`t make it recordings are available.


Get individual input about your situation with your unique  horse! While being part of a supportive community. 


Access the course community anywhere on computer, mobile or tablet through it`s own app. 

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With 14-day unconditional 100% money back guarantee you can safely try Ride Like a Viking risk free. If you find it's not for you or any other reason or circumstance that might happen, you get your money back, no questions asked! We offer secure payment systems (SPS) ensuring safe use of credit card, debit card or Paypal. 

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Horses being pushy or dangerous is one of the most common reason they are given away or given up on. Get everything you need to stay safe when training potentially dangerous horses so that you can change their behaviour in an effective and kind way.


Learn simple ground work that helps horses with severe separation anxiety find relaxation and confidence when away from other horses. If your horse is anxious when alone, spooking on trails or herd bound - this video series for you!  


Follow along as we tend to our herd of horses. Learn hoof trimming and deworming. How to halter train foals and young horses as well as herd management. Get access to articles and research on common horse health issues and how to avoid them. 

Solved severe separation anxiety 

"I joined because I have a horse who suffered very much from separation anxiety. Every time his favorite neighbor left, his anxiety quickly escalated into panic. This happened even though the stable was full of other horses. We tried many solutions without success. I was sceptical to an online course, but started with the connection exercises in Ride Like a Viking Members. Now my horse is relaxed and can be alone! I`m so happy!"

Lotte Smidt

  • Do I have to own a horse to do the program?
    You don`t have to own a horse to join, but this program works best if the horse you attend with isn`t ridden or trained by many different people. If you take lessons once per week and the horse is ridden by others the rest of the week, this program is probably not going to work very well. If you lease a horse or have part time access to a horse, the program works well.
  • Do I need a round pen or enclosure to get results?
    You don't have to have a round pen or enclosure to get results, all exercises are shown both with tack and without and you can do them with or without an enclosure. All you need is a long lead rope or rope that is 12 feet or longer.
  • What equipment is necessary?
    You don't need to buy any fancy gear to do the exercises, but I do recommended investing in a 12 feet lead rope or find a rope that length you can use, if you don't already have it.
  • How do I access everything?
    When signing up you will get instant access to the members only web platform with growing video library and weekly live interactive Q&As, where you can get personal guidance along the way. You will have access both on your computer or laptop as well as your mobile phone and tablet thought the app, making it possible to bring the video library with you to the stable or places without wifi. You will also get the opportunity to join our private Ride Like a Members Facebook group, where you can ask questions, share progress and connect with others.
  • How much time does it take to do the exercises?
    Most training session in this program are from 10 to 20 minutes. It doesn`t take much time to make a huge difference. You will also be able to incorporate the method into stuff you already do with your horse like leading, groundwork and riding. Doing what you already do a little differently will build a deep connection with your horse, make it easy to ride at liberty as well as maintain a functional way of moving and riding signals that work.
  • I do a certain discipline with a certain breed - can the Ride Like a Viking program be combined with it?
    Yes! Connection and choice based training can be combined with any discipline or horse breed, it also works with mules and donkeys.
  • Can I do the program bitless?
    Yes you can do the Ride Like a Viking program without bit, many members prefer to ride bitless and this program works very well for bitless riding. The rein signals you`ll learn how to do off feel which makes horses super light and work regardless of tack. It can be done with a halter, bitless bridle, bitted bridle or my favorite the halter bit solution, which distributes rein pressure to the bit and the nose of the horse without the disadvantages of a constricting noseband but with the advantage of everything being kept in place and the bit not sliding through the horse's mouth.
  • If I get technical difficulties, do you have a helpdesk?
    Yes we have a dedicated helpdesk that is open weekdays from 9-5 to help you with any tech difficulties you might experience.
  • How do I unsubscribe?
    You can unsubscribe at any time yourself when logged into the portal on If you are locked out of your account you can reset your password 24/7 on In addition we have support on
  • If the price changes does it change what I pay?
    The price you get now is the price you pay regardless of changes made to the price in the future. Let`s say you sign up now and get access for 24.50 per month and the price goes up to 27.50. You still pay 24.50 and keep your bonuses regardless of the price change as long as you stay a member. The same goes for yearly access, Certifications and Trainers Forum.
  • Why is it only possible to join 3 times per year?
    To ensure that each member gets personal feedback and the assistance needed along the way Ride Like a Viking Members is only open for a short period of time 3 times a year. If the program isn`t open, you can sign up for the wait list and be first to know when we open again on
  • Does donating to SOS Children`s villages cost any extra?
    We make sure to donate on your behalf without any extra costs or tasks. We donate one full year of living costs, clothes, home and education for 1 child per 100 members. Now Ride Like a Viking provides 5 homeless children per year with a loving home and a brighter future! We also donate to the Mustang Heritage Foundation in the form of a support membership and contribute to Cool Earths saving of rainforest when travelling by plane. Non of which costs you any extra!
  • Do I need good WiFi?
    With our new app the course community is available on mobile and tablet in addition to computer. You don`t need good WiFi as long as you have cellphone coverage.
  • Are Trainer and Instructor certification part of the membership?
    To become a certified Ride Like a Viking Trainer or Instructor there is an additional program called Trainers Forum, that is not part of the horse training library. When certified you will be visible and recommended as the go to trainer in our area or niche and you will also be invited to host a live Q&A and get paid for doing so. Plus your exam videos will be featured as part of the course and I personally share occasional posts from you on social media. In addition we meet monthly and you get everything you need to succeed with building a horse business. Trainers Forum has its own video library guiding you towards succeeding with your horse business and as a horse trainer and instructor. Ride Like a Viking Members has a video library and weekly support to ensure your success with training your horses. When a member you will get the possibility to join Trainers Forum and become certified.

5 new clients in 1 week

"After taking the Trainers Exam I gave lessons for the first time in years. It started with 1 new client and in a week it has grown to 5! The course gave insights that I needed as missing links in my horse training. This is so easy to do and teach, plus it works wonders. My students and I love it!"  

Linda Hofman

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Get the partnership and results with horses you always dreamed of, for less than half the cost of a riding lesson per month. 

Save money by training your horse yourself, while the knowledge and experience you acquire from the process is yours forever!

By knowing how to solve problems in a way not many others are aware of, your experience and knowledge is in demand. Making it possible to build a side income or living with horses. 

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