Our daughter has been riding at Vogt for 3 years now - and we all love it. She had started at another barn with top notch facilities, but she wasn't getting a consistent teacher experience so we tried Vogt. What a difference! The old barn offers valet service with lots of grooms and barn hands that run things so the girls can just show up, have a lesson, hop off the horse and leave. Vogt, on the other hand, teaches the whole experience from tacking and grooming to full care of a horse. Yes, it's a lot of work which may not be for everyone, but all the girls there love it. Our friend at the old barn actually pays extra to lease a horse for the privilege of learning grooming and care. And all the group work builds such a strong community as well. The girls all work together to get the job done. And after 5 years of riding, I am so proud to see our daughter jump in to help the younger girls. All in all, we are so happy to have found Vogt. It is an integral part of our daughter's growing into a confident, accomplished and responsible young lady.
Posted: 9/04/2015 • Link to this review
My Daughter loves it here and would spend every waking minute there if we would let her. The kids are expected to do some work which I think is a good thing. They have two grazing pastures that are used when weather permits. I found this out by going there during the day when my daughter had a day off school. If you're looking for a place where your kid can come, ride and go home without having to do anything I would look somewhere else. Regarding the owner --> She teaches by telling the students what they are doing wrong while they are doing it. She doesn't yell or insult. There may be better ways of teaching young adults but her students perform well and are dedicated. I gave "Service" 3 stars because students are expected to tend to the horse they ride and given chores.
Posted: 4/19/2015 • Link to this review
AVH is by far the most unprofessional and disrespectful horseman I have ever been around. She yells and argues with parents and boarders (her clients) in the middle of lessons and treats the children as slave labor. She constantly puts the kids down and attacks them during "lessons". The entire time I boarded at the facility I never once saw a horse turned out. Apparently AVH doesn't understand that horses are by nature grazing animals. No wonder she is so fearful of the word colic, hmm - Put simply this is no environment for children or horses. Don't even waste your time stepping foot on her property, go North 20 minutes to Alpharetta where real horse people do business.
Posted: 5/23/2013 • Last edited: 10/23/2014 • Link to this review
I too am surprised by the good reviews, probably left by parents who drop their kids off and leave. My daughter had a terrible experience and left because she feared for the safety of her horse. AVH is a control freak. After signing the boarding aggreement, AVH told my daughter she had to ride by 6p (contract stated 8p)How can a working professional be done riding by 6p? The horse NEVER GOT TURNED OUT (horses are grazing animals by nature). Couldn't be sponged off after riding if it was under 55...these are crazy rules that make no sense.She wouldn't delay feeding the horse so my daughter could ride and then lectured her about colic...my daughter grew up on a farm with horses& has been trained by an Olympic rider. This facility is for amateurs and parents looking for a babysitter who uses her students to do the barnwork. She is disrespectful to her clients (while cashing their checks)and is a narccisist. After talking to other people in the area, many other experienced riders/owners have left under the same circumstances. There were no other people there who actually owned and rode their own horse.The boarders were just kids who lease the owner's horses. It's frustrating owning a horse, paying to board it and having someone who has limited talent and lacks people skills dictate when and how to ride your horse. This negative environment sucked all the joy out of her hobby. Not a good environment for horses or people.
Posted: 1/11/2013 • Last edited: 10/23/2014 • Link to this review