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Build a magic bond

Connecting with horses

by giving choices

“The more connected we are with our horse – the less equipment and force we need to use when riding or handling. In fact everything becomes easy, with tack or without. I am often told that riding horses is very hard. A complicated task that takes years of practice to master. I can agree that controlling and micromanaging horses is complicated, but who says that`s the way it should be done in the first place?”


Cathrine Fodstad, Founder of Ride Like A Viking

Build a magic bond
ride like a viking

The course is developed by

Cathrine Fodstad

Cathrine is a certified horse trainer from Holar University College and a riding instructor from the Norwegian Equestrian Center. She has 35 years of experience with horses.

Cathrine was the first Norwegian to participate in the Mongol Derby, one of the world's longest and toughest horse races. The semi-wild horses in Mongolia taught her to see horses for what they truly are. After the 1000-kilometer race, her understanding of horses has never been the same.

Read about Cathrine's experience in the horse race   here>>

Cathrine fodstad

Unfocused, lazy or afraid

Is any of this description applicable to your horse?

In the course, you will learn to use training without coercion, to establish a partnership where your horse willingly follows you, and you can ride with light signals.


Perhaps even without the reins!

Does your horse sometimes have difficulty stopping or feel numb in the mouth? But buying sharper bits and holding onto the reins hasn't worked as planned?

A few exercises done in an attentive and conscious manner will solve these problems while simultaneously creating a magical bond with your horse.

Build a magic bond


you will be issued a diploma after the course

Build a magic bond contains:

Length: 4 hours of lectures + over 5 hours of example videos!

This course consists of 4 elements and 3 case studies.

  • Case study 1 – Building a relationship with a cold-blooded trotter

  • Case study 2 – How attachment resolves separation anxiety

  • Case study 3 – Building a relationship with a potentially dangerous horse


  • Relationship and personal space

  • Becoming a natural leader when leading

  • Body language with halter and lead rope

  • Body language and freedom

state of mind

Horses are capable of using their bodies in a functional manner without being micromanaged.

If only we let them!

The horse's state of mind affects how they use their body. When their minds are happy and they are relaxed, their body takes on a functional form with a natural posture and engagement of the hindquarters.

You are the best trainer for your horse.

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