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Build a magic bond

Build a magic bond

Connecting with horses – by giving choices!

Course length: 4 hours instruction + over 5 hours with case videos!


Language: English

“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

This course contains 4 units and 3 case studies with over 4 hours of course material!

In this course Cathrine Fodstad, the founder of Ride Like A Viking, will give you a solid course in the basic groundwork you need to establish contact with the horse and be able to ride without rains.




  • How to get the most of this
  • Connect with your horse
  • How to make your own horsemanship flag
  • What lead rope and halter to use
  • How to put on rope halter and lead rope


Case study 1 – Connecting with a Cold Blooded Trotter

Case study 2 -How connection solves separation anxiety

Case study 3 – Connecting with a potentially dangerous horse


Unit 1-Connection and personal space

  • Common problems when doing the connection exercise
  • Asking for personal space without offending the horse
  • Personal space by moving the shoulder away


Unit 2 – Become a natural leader when leading

  • Lead with your feet
  • How to get personal space when leading
  • How to lead horses that wants to rush ahead of us


Unit 3 – Body language with halter and lead rope

  •  Body Language
  • How to move the front end
  • Moving the hind end
  • Common problems when doing ground work
  • How to practice (without ruining your horse)


Unit 4 – Body language at liberty

  • Body language at liberty
  • The drive line and what not to do when training at liberty
  • Hooking on with Black Mare Session – 1
  • Hooking on with Black Mare Session – 2
  • Hooking on with Black Mare Session – 3
  • Hooking on with Black Mare Session – 4
  • Hooking on with Black Mare Session – 5
  • Hooking on with Black Mare Session – 6
  • Hooking on with Black Mare Session – 7
  • Hooking on with Black Mare Session – 8
  • Hooking on with Black Mare Session – 9
  • Hooking on with Black Mare Session – 10
  • Hooking on with Black Mare Session – 11
  • Hooking on with Black Mare Session – 12


BONUS material Webinar with Cathrine Fodstad and join the Facebook community



Do you feel that your horse at times is 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? Maybe even without reins!

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 at the same time. 


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. 

Exercises that anyone can do – even adult leisure riders and kids! Maybe even especially leisure riders and kids, case horses enjoy the company of their owner the most and they also learn best in the comfort of their home surroundings. 



Ride Like a Viking is a family run farm, horse rescue and educational center in Tynset Norway. We teach horse owners to connect with horses and train and ride at liberty – without depending on treats. This journey started when Cathrine became first Norwegian to complete Mongol Derby, the word`s longest and toughest horse race.

Cathrine is certified horse trainer from Holar University College and Riding Instructor from Norwegian Equine Center, she has 35 years of experience with horses. The semi-wild horses of Mongolia taught her how horses really are. After the 1 000 km race her left ankle and perception of horses has never been the same.

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