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Furminator/Deshedding Tools, do they really work?

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  • #21
    It does seem to pull a lot of fur off my cats. Wouldn't be an issue with horses, but I always furminate the cats outside because it is such a mess. I have never used a specific shedding tool on my horse and I think she might be too sensitive for a furminator- (she's an OTTB). I could try the cat one on her and see what she does. But I am sure the larger ones are better for larger animals. Horse is a whole lot bigger than kitty!!!

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    • #22
      I have not tried the Furminator, but I love to shed with a Bot Block.

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        #23
        Anyone else? Very mixed reviews!
        Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!

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        • #24
          LOVE LOVE LOVE my Furminator. And I only have the large dog size. Haven't upgraded to the larger 'horse' size yet. Works WONDERFUL for me on the cats, dogs and horses. My mare has a VERY wooly winter coat and I am already using it on her and pulling off handfuls of hair. The gelding has finer hair and doesn't shed in quite the mass that my mare does so it 'looks' like not as much coming off of him.

          You do need to be careful with the pressure on sensitive animals. The gelding and the cats are a bit sensitive so I have to go a bit easier on them. The dogs have adjusted to it fine (german shepherds) and will roll over to be brushed. But I can go to town on the mare for the most part!

          I do have to 'clean' the blade after each swipe. Easy enough...just pull hair off and hold in left hand until left hand is full. Drop mass to ground (less likely to blow away in the wind) and keep going!

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          • #25
            Fantastic on the cats - amazing how much hair comes off, and I always brushed them regularly. May try it on the horses this year. You can find them on eBay for a good price.

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            • #26
              The bottom of a size #40 clipper blade + handle = a furminator

              So if you have any #40 clipper blades laying around, they work the same but without a nice handle.


              I bought one for my horse who starts shedding--well around now--and doesn't stop until May (yay me). He's also gray. The furminator worked wonderful on my short hair siamese--and yes they get hairballs. It did NOT work so well on my horse. In fact I got much more hair out with a curry.

              But I do have a horse that has a funky coat. His coat is fairly coarse. It's also pretty dense in some areas--it nearly kills my livestock capacity clippers even with brand new blades. You should hear them when I try to clip his croup--they sound like they're dying.

              So keep that in mind. Maybe you could find a friend with a size 40 clipper blade just to try and see if you think it would be worth it. I'd sell you my furminator real cheap but I still use it on my cats even though it's rather large for them.

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              • #27
                Love mine - had Tony shedded out within 10 days last year. Read the directions, you have to angle it when using, don't press straight down like you would a comb through hair.

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                • #28
                  Love the furminator for the small critters (dogs are OK with it, the longhaired cat hates it), never tried it on the horse.

                  For the horse, I really really love the Epona Shed Flower. Looks like a silly little flower shaped curry, but dang, does it work! The hair kinds of spins itself up into a ball as you curry and falls out the middle as you go, so I like it better than my good old rubber curry, which creates those funny little oval hair "patties". Best part is that it only costs about $5 - which is high for a rubber curry, but way more affordable than a Furminator.

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                  • #29
                    I just looked on ebay for a Furminator,and didn't see any for horses. Do the equine furminators have a specific name, or are they just the large size for dogs?

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                    • #30
                      I got the large size for dogs. It works great on my Lab. and on the cats that like to be brushed. It didn't do sh*t for my horses, so I stick with my old fashioned shedding blade. My review.
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                      • #31
                        Lolalola the furminators are all the same - just different sizes.

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                        • #32
                          I don't know that it "worked" -- in that I don't think it shortened our shedding season; but it did a remarkable job of cleaning the dirt and hair off, right down to his skin.

                          You do have to be gentle. It's a blade you're scraping against your horse, and the corners are particularly sharp.

                          But, yes, I'd say this is a good tool to add to your tack box.

                          I bought the cheap one from Walmart. It's dog sized, but great for getting behind the legs, behind the ears, etc. It really lifts the dirt off the skin.
                          I have a Fjord! Life With Oden

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                          • #33
                            I got a cheap one from Walmart for the dog, probably the same as Nin's, and first two times I used it, HAIR CITY. Not that much since then. And only on the Border Collie, BF's Kelpie cross hated it and it didn't get any hair off anyways.

                            Not a bad idea to try it on the ponee though. She's a BEAST right now. A big pink beast. I had to clip her bridle path just to get the bridle to stay on, and the muzzle so the noseband would go on the first hole.
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                            • #34
                              It works. For a while. On my shaggy coated winter horses it dulled up really fast, while my old curry still keeps going.

                              On dogs and cats it is much better, but they are not nearly as dirty as a horse.

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                              • #35
                                Results from tonight

                                Here are the results from my session with my mare tonight. This is the second time in a week's time I've had to use the Furminator on her. I've had my Furminator for at least 4 years now. Of course it gets the biggest workout in late winter/spring - but I haven't noticed any dulling yet.

                                http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1453686033

                                After I've raked it all up
                                http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1453686033

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                                  #36
                                  Originally posted by EquineJunky View Post
                                  Here are the results from my session with my mare tonight. This is the second time in a week's time I've had to use the Furminator on her. I've had my Furminator for at least 4 years now. Of course it gets the biggest workout in late winter/spring - but I haven't noticed any dulling yet.

                                  http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1453686033

                                  After I've raked it all up
                                  http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1453686033
                                  Wow, I'm impressed!
                                  Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!

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                                  • #37
                                    Originally posted by Shiaway View Post
                                    The bottom of a size #40 clipper blade + handle = a furminator

                                    So if you have any #40 clipper blades laying around, they work the same but without a nice handle.

                                    I bought one for my horse who starts shedding--well around now--and doesn't stop until May (yay me). He's also gray. The furminator worked wonderful on my short hair siamese--and yes they get hairballs. It did NOT work so well on my horse. In fact I got much more hair out with a curry.

                                    But I do have a horse that has a funky coat. His coat is fairly coarse. It's also pretty dense in some areas--it nearly kills my livestock capacity clippers even with brand new blades. You should hear them when I try to clip his croup--they sound like they're dying.

                                    So keep that in mind. Maybe you could find a friend with a size 40 clipper blade just to try and see if you think it would be worth it. I'd sell you my furminator real cheap but I still use it on my cats even though it's rather large for them.
                                    So does a flea comb.

                                    I had ordered my furminator off of ebay last summer. Before it arrived, we had a bad thunderstorm one evening, so I ended up sitting in the bathroom with my stressed dog. I had a flea comb and started brushing her for relaxation....about an hour later, I had successfully pulled out a good bit of her undercoat/loose hair.

                                    And I thought....Damn, why did I spend that money on a furminator.

                                    So I do have the furminator, but have yet to use it. Have been thinking about taking it to the barn...my gelding is shedding badly!

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                                    • #38
                                      I meant to also say, since she was in the stall without threat of wind blowing the hair, I did short quick strokes in straight lines following the direction of the hair growth. If I do it this way, I rarely have to clean the blade. The tufts of hair usually fall out on their own. I got that much hair off in about 20 mins.

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                                      • #39
                                        Meh. I have one of the big ones. It works AWESOME on the cats, but IMO not much better than a shedding blade for horses. At like 10x the cost of a shedding blade, it was a waste of money.

                                        It does work great on an animal with a thick undercoat, though. I scrape huge piles of hair off my cats.

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                                        • #40
                                          I tried the Walmart knock-off on Pink on Saturday. Nada. And really, since the first two brushings on Jake the Dog, I don't get much there either. Maybe I should bite the bullet and get a real one...
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