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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. 

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, from self.

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. 




Have tried every-thing and is on the verge of giving up

Get the training techniques that work also with traumatized or complicated horses.  

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Would like to have a horse who is safe to ride but not boring

Learn how to install self control, forward from self and feel, with any horse!  


Wants to make 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.


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. 

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 back. Which is the opposite of collection and a huge and very common mistake.

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.


In Mongolia she discovered a method that consistently allowed her to connect with horses, and train them at liberty. - Now you can do the same!

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!

Mindblowing results! 

"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. 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

Solved severe 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

Now she trusts me!

"My horse had very tense jaws but now she knows how to release the tension by yawning. She trusts me and follows me. What`s exiting it that the exercises are changing me too. Now we do things I never dreamed of doing before. We just do it! Both my horse and I are much more confident. I am so grateful for this, thank you so much Cathrine."

Hanne Jakobsen



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The greatest reward we can give our horse! As herd and flight animals horses value present company over 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 what we should to too. Communicate clearly and mindfully with your body and become your horses`s trusted friend and beloved leader. 

Liberty Training

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By giving choices in a strategic way we make our idea the horse`s idea without needing to win or start battles. It`s also a path to liberty with any horse, even the ones others have given up on. 



Connect with your horse

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


Natural leadership when leading

By tapping into natural horse behaviour and doing a few simple adjustments you become the one your horse trusts and wants to follow, even in unfamiliar places or situations.  


Communicate with body language

Learn to use body language when communicating with your horse so that you can move all parts of your horse off your body language from a distance. Your friends will think it`s magic and your horse will love that you don`t need the whip anymore! 


Train and lead at liberty 

By communicating with horses at liberty through body language, you will also be able to lead horses without using lead rope. Horses will follow from self without pressure or bribes.