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.

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

Being present and teaching your horse to respond to light signals with softness - 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`ll 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 session - 7 sessions will transform your relationship with your horse!

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! 

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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



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.  

Liberty Riding

Riding without depending on the reins consists of your horse responding 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 by the gate or where the other horses are, you become one with your horse. It feels like magic! 


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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 connect with your horse, even when the horse is excited, nervous, unfocused, shut down, asking for treats or when trailer loading.


Become a leader when leading

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.

What we do with the lead rope when leading, will affect how our 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 and 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. By making the horse aware of body language cues prior to the use of other cues, horses soon learn to respond to our body language. Say goodbye to the lunge whip and hello body language. 


Communicate with your horse at

liberty and lead without lead rope

This unit shows you the next big leap. It teaches how to communicate with horses by just using 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, your horse will learn to maintain forward from self. If you horse is rushy or nervous, this exercise will teach your horse to find relaxation and softness. 


Help your horse become braver

and less spooky

This unit teaches how you can help your horse become braver and less spooky. You will learn how to make any horse braver 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 the essentials of riding a horse with light signals and how to empty out worry in the horse when riding. I show how I teach horses to respond feel, this will make your horse respond with softness to your rein aid 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, 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 know when to put your horse to work and when to offer rest. You will also learn how to use the connection exercise to get rid of claustrophobia or stress. 


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 giving choices when riding and when doing liberty training in a larger arena. You will no longer need to use your riding aids or lunge line 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.


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 for control.


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. Ball play is great way to motivate a lazy horse or desensitize a nervous horse, they even do collecting exercises with the ball.


The unit can be done earlier in the program.  It`s however important, that horses respond to body language and respects our personal space before playing ball with them.  


How to motivate a lazy horse

Our old and lazy children`s horse is the star of this unit. This unit came about because the program is show with a forward and anxious mare, members wanted a video series with a dull and unmotivated horse to learn how to solve this.

This unit will show you 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. 



Long reining

Learn how to long rein (also called double lunge) without using the reins to manipulate the neck and risk getting a horse with a curled neck and no hind leg engagement. Know what equipment to use and how to do turns that promotes hind leg engagement, self carriage and softness.

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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It works!

"As Ride Like a Viking Member it has been so exciting to watch the tutorial videos and I have learned new and refreshed things I had forgotten. Cathrine is a very committed and inspirational teacher. Her messages go through so clearly and works." 


Now I have a safe horse

"I have used the methods and in exchange I have got a beautiful and safe horse that is Glædi. Her methods work!!! I understand my horse`s language better. So glad I have the learning units and live Q&As there to help me." 

Elin Westbye

Trailer loads like a dream

"First time by myself trailer loading and unloading my horse! He was so relaxed and followed me on a loose lead. No stress. Now I can take him places on my own. I am so happy, thank you so much for help and guidance in the Members group"

Gunn Hilde Nansen

For less than the cost of one riding lesson per month you can now get the knowledge you need to train your horse to become self controlling, easy to ride and handle - while getting personal guidance along the way.