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Complaint Review: Trugon Ranch

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  • Submitted: Mon, December 20, 2010
  • Updated: Wed, February 23, 2011

  • Reported By: RippedOffByTrugon — Arlington Texas USA
Trugon Ranch
9324 FM 898 Whitewright, Texas United States of America

Trugon Ranch David Mitchell, James David Mitchell, Juanita Mitchell, Trugon Stables David Mitchell is the ULTIMATE SCAM ARTIST! Whitewright, Texas

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Two sides to every story!

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The first time I met David Mitchell I thought he was the perfect trainer. He seemed to be savy with Parelli, which is something I consider to be of the up most importance while training my horse. He had a great trainer named Aldrich whom rode English fairly well. English training with connection from the bit to the mouth is also of great importance to me.

David was suave and a smooth talker. He told you exactly what you wanted to hear, especially when I asked about a few rather thin horses. He told me that they were rescues and he was bringing them back to health. I shouldn't have listened. They were his own personal horses who are kicked out on his back acreage with little hay, no feed in the winter, little protection from the elements, and to top it off, the majority of the horses feet were cracked and overgrown.

Unfortunately, what I didn't realize until after I brought my horse, and paid for two months of training UPFRONT, was that David's horse stalls are NEVER cleaned. Flies were everywhere in the barns and all over the horses. Even though I never measured, there is no doubt in my mind horses were standing in a minimum of 6 inches of their own manure and urine. To say I was horrified upon my first visit is an understatement.

I pulled my horse after the first month but, I never once saw anyone actually ride my horse. Aldrich, who seemed like a sweet kid, always told me my gelding wasn't one of his horses. Once I took my horse home, I was unable to even get a saddle on his back. I was able to do this BEFORE I took him to Trugon Ranch. Unlike the other lady that posted, I never even attempted to get my money back from David. I was very embarrassed for even leaving my horse there a month and wanted nothing to do with this man anymore.

After a little investigation of my own, I found out some interesting facts about Trugon Ranch. It is currently in a civil lawsuit in Fannin County. James David Mitchell (David's legal name), Trugon Ranch LLC, and Juanita Mitchell are all listed on this suit. Also, despite the fact David says Trugon Ranch is his, the property is actually owned by Juanita Mitchell. Both of these tid bits are easily researchable at Fannin County Courthouse in Bonham, Texas. You can find the information regarding the civil suit.

If you look on the home page on Trugon Ranch's website (as of December 20, 2010 at 1:05am), you will see where he claims to have 11 years of horse training experience. However, with a little research it is easy to see he spent the majority of his 30s and his early 40s in prison. In fact, on Collin County Texas's website you can see where he wasn't released from prison until 2006!! It is only 2010 now! There is a HUGE DIFFERENCE between FOUR YEARS and ELEVEN YEARS.

I want to make it clear, I'm not here with a vendetta. I'm just here because the truth needs to be known. He is taking people's money and he targets women who love horses, are slightly naive, and have money to burn. This is obvious because 90% of his clients are women who know very little about horses. Please be VERY, VERY careful before deciding to take any animal to David Mitchell and/or Trugon Ranch. You might very well get SCAMMED!


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AUTHOR: bucks mom - (USA)

I was introduced to David, through a friend who knew I was having trouble with one of my horses. I brought my horse to David. We discussed my issues, made a plan and he has follwed through with everything. I do understand every person has different needs but I think that this report is a little unfair and written with more emotion than true fact.

Ill share my thoughts for those who care. Anyone who is a horse owner, knows that horses cost money, not make money and to spend money you must love them. I find it hard to believe that a man who follows parelli teaching would ever "kick" his own horses out back on with no hay. I myself own 10 horses and know that I have some hard keepers that go through times when they look terrible. Im wondering if as you say these horses where put out back, how did you see there feet?

My horse is stalled at David's place still, as of today, and his stall is clean. I cant speak to the past but can speak to today. If you  were there and your horse was standing in those conditions, why would you leave them there? If I never saw anyone ride or work with me and my horse, why not find out why and ask for a time to be present when these things are being done. If you know anything about Parelli's training, its the person who needs more training that the horse. Did you expect David to work with your horse and not you?

If you had gone to a mechanic to have your car repaired and you didnt recieve the service you asked for, would you ask for a refund? taken your car for a car wash but they never washed it, would you ask for a refund or ask them to wash it?? Why not talk to David about your concerns and if you couldnt work it out ask for a refund? You said he knew parelli so he had the training you wanted why not get the service you paid for? The fact that you didnt attempt to resolve your issue, by your own admission, is a little concerning to me.

Why would you question who owns the property? whether its him or anyone else has no real bearing on the service in question. The place I live has been owned by my family for a very long time. The property is not in my name but does not mean its not my home?

I didnt see on his page where he said what years he had gotten the 11 years of experience and since he is in his 40's Id say there is alot of years available to add up to 11. why would he need to lie about it. All I know is that he had the training I wanted my horse to get. Whatever his past is, it has not effected his work with my horse

vendetta-retaliatory, vengeful act against a person. Id say your claim qualifies as this. Remember you used the word Vendetta....

How does he target women? The truth is 90 % of women are recreational horse owners ane d the one who seeks a trainer. Very few men will take there horse to another man to be trained, its just not what a man will do.

Im sorry your situation with Trugon Ranch didnt workout, for whatever reason but I felt that it is only fair that people know that not everyone has had this experience. I have had a really good experience with David and Trugon Ranch.

SO to sum this up, remember there are two sides to every story and somewhere in the middle is the truth! Im all about being informed so Im willing to bet for every complaint, David has 10 good ones and this is just the price of running a business.

I would recommend David and show anyone the good he has done with my horse.
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