Develop a magic bond

with your horse

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 you without lead rope and can be ridden with light signals? 


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

A few practical exercises done in a mindful way, will help you develop a magic bond with your horse, both on the ground and in the saddle.

Learn how with step by step videos and weekly Q&As

In Ride Like a Viking Members you get access to step by step videos and weekly Q&As. You can ask questions specifically about your horse and you become part of a supportive and cheering community.

Your instructor Cathrine Fodstad has tamed hundreds of horses and is first Norwegian to complete Mongol Derby, world`s longest and toughest horse race. She is educated as horse trainer from Hólar University College and Riding Instructor from Norwegian Equine Center.


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! 

Experience the joy of riding and handling a self-controlling and connected horse

Being present will make you a natural and beloved leader for your horse.


By knowing how to give choices you will never have to use force or win a battle with your horse again, because you will know how to make your idea your horse`s idea. 


You will have a foundation for hind leg engagement and self-carriage offered by the horse, as well as tools for liberty groundwork and riding.

Members have had results after 1 just session. 7 sessions are guaranteed to transform your relationship with your horse.

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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 too! You 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



This program is not about keeping the horse calm and relaxed at all times, but to create tools so that your horse can find calmness after being up. Practicing presence is what makes it possible to handle situations like stress in new places and to get your horse relaxed again after galloping. It can even be used when trailer loading! 

Body Language

Horses communicate with each other through body language. That`s why it`s wise to use body language when training horses. You will learn how to use your body language when communicating with your horse and to position yourself as a leader in a way that is natural for the horse. In this way you become a natural leader your horse trusts and wants to follow.  

Force-Free Riding

Force-free riding consists of your horse responding to light signals and having a choice. By giving choices, you allow your horse to learn from his or her actions and gain self-control. When your horse is forward and relaxed, and wants to be where he or she is, not everywhere else, you become one with your horse. It feels like magic! 


New videos added every month


Connect with your horse

One thing that many horse owners and riders struggle with, is to get their horse to focus, relax and be present. By practicing the exercise in this unit, you will:

  • Be able to claim your personal space without offending the horse

  • Be able to get your horse’s attention

  • Be able to relax and be present with your horse

  • Be able to connect with your horse, even when the horse is excited in a new environment or when trailer loading


Become a leader when leading

If you want a great partnership with your horse, it is important that you take leadership in a way that is natural and comfortable for the horse.

What you do with the lead rope when leading, will affect how your horse responds to the rein when ridden. A horse that can follow the slack when led, will also know how to respond to feel when ridden.

I share tips to success when leading a horse and I teach you how to have your horse following the slack.


Communicate with body language

when using halter and lead

You will learn how to use your body language when communicating with your horse. By making the horse aware of body language cues prior to the use of other cues, your horse will soon learn to respond to your body language. You can say goodbye to the lunge whip and hello body language, which is something that you carry with you anywhere. 


Communicate with your horse at

liberty and lead without lead rope

This unit shows you the next big leap. It teaches you how to communicate with your horse with just your body language. You will also learn how to lead your horse without lead rope. If your horse is hard to catch, this unit will solve the problem once and for all! 

If you horse is slow, this will teach your horse to maintain forward from self. If you horse is the rushy type, the exercise will help your horse find relaxation.  


Help your horse become braver

and less spooky

Horses are often afraid of unexpected touch, sounds, movements and unfamiliar ground layer. This unit will teach you how to help your horse become braver and less spooky. You will learn the system to make your horse braver to potentially scary objects and situations, without hurting yourself or your horse in the process.


Ride with light signals

In this unit you will learn the essentials of riding a horse with light signals and how to empty out worry in the horse when riding. I show how you to teach your horse to respond feel, which means that you will not need to pull the reins or hold tight reins when riding. This will make your horse soft in the mouth and easy to stop.   

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


Trailer loading made easy

One thing that we as horse owners sometimes struggle with, is to get our horse into a trailer. This is because horses are a bit claustrophobic by nature, this is often made worse by trying to force the horse into a trailer. By using the groundwork taught in this program your horse will become attracted by the trailer, because you will know how to make the trailer a place of rest. I will also show you how to use the exercises your horse has learned in the previous units, to get rid of claustrophobia and stress when trailer loading.  


Teach your horse self-control

It is not possible to teach horses self-control by controlling them. Because horses can’t do something by choice, without having a choice in the first place.

In this unit you will learn how to make your horse self controlling by choices when riding and when training at liberty in a larger arena. You will no longer need to use your riding aids or lunge lines to control your horse, because you know how to make your idea your horse`s idea. This will make your horse much easier and safer to ride.


How to motivate a not so forward horse

This unit is in the making. We are about 9 session in and our old and lazy children`s horse, who is the star of this unit, runs when I run and maintains trot when doing liberty work. This unit came about because the program is show with a forward and anxious mare. I do the same exercises but with emphasis on motivating forward not necessarily promoting relaxation. The aim is that he maintains forward from self and canters when ridden. 


Stay tuned! 

Several options are available. It can be how to lay a horse down off your body language. It could be about riding tølt or flying pace. Probably not showjumping or carriage driving. Something in the lines of how to use the foundation of a forward, relaxed and self-controlling horse to build on further riding skills such as collection and gaits. Whatever it will be I am open for suggestions from the members!  


Ride without bridle

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

If you don`t want to ride without a bridle, feel free to skip it! Be proud of yourself for knowing how to ride a horse without depending on the reins to control the horse. 


Play ball with your horse

This unit is all about doing fun stuff with your horse! From taking your horse along as hand horse to playing football. This unit can be done earlier in the program, especially if you have a nervous or not so forward horse.  Ball play is a great way to motivate horses and make them braver, they even do collecting exercises with the ball. It`s advisable, however, to make sure your horse responds to your body language and respects your personal space before playing ball with them.  

Live Q&As

Every Thursday! 


Get individual input about your situation with your special  horse! Receive advice and suggestions by simply making a video or by describing the situation. Cathrine  will help you live every Thursday. You will also receive support from  a understanding group that cheers for you! 


Hi, I was hoping you would share some tips on how to train the tolt on a young horse. The horse in question is a 7 year old mare. I believe her to be a four gaiter she is a strong trotter. Thanx !


After doing ground work with halter and lead rope, we had our first session at liberty. It was a success! He followed me around before we even got started and he recognized all my signals from working with halter and lead rope. 

- Katinka Hestnes-Lande  succeeds with hard to catch horse



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After the 14-day free trial, monthly membership costs 22 US Dollars. Which is a lot less than attending clinics or taking lessons and the value is so much more. The training is in tune with your horse, not the clock, plus you get feedback and support along the way. 


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Ride Like a Viking  by Cathrine Fodstad

Myrvangen Farm

2500 Tynset, Norway