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Furminator/Deshedding Tools, do they really work?

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  • #41
    It worked very very well on my friends Icelandic ponies and MAN to they have a LOT of hair when they shed out. It also works great on my cats. My TB is pretty thin skinned it worked ok with him but he didn't care for it much. He does however LOVE the Epona shed flower!! It's cheap and doesn't look like much but man is it ever effective, great for shedding, caked on mud you name it! Best bang for your buck I would say.
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      #42
      Originally posted by TheJenners View Post
      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...
      I wonder if the generic ones are really that different than the "real" one?
      Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!

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      • #43
        I've had a generic one (Shed Ender, only like $14) and the actual Furminator and didn't really notice a difference between the two.

        I've found the tools to work very well on my densely undercoated lab, and fairly decently on my cats. I've tried it on a short haired rat terrier too without much success. So you can see what type of coat this brush is aimed at. I would imagine it would work well on horses that have the denser type coats, since the point of the blade is to pull out the underfur, not the wiry type hair that lies flat on top.

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        • #44
          I answered on this thread earlier and thought it might be time to dig out my furminators.

          The horses aren't shedding enough yet to get much hair, but when they let it go, the furminator does much better than a shedding blade.

          I used my Target version on the lab and siamese and was pleased how the hair came off. The lab was left super shiney and so was the cat.

          One thing on pets, especially cats and static electricity issues...I put some hair conditioner in my hands and rubbed it lightly over the kitty. Then the hair came off easier.

          I do the same thing with horses using Miracle Groom or conditioner mixed with Show Sheed or Laser Sheen. Makes the hair grip better to the brush and you both don't get shocked.

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          • #45
            If your shedding out a horse DON'T buy a furminator -- they are much less effective than shedding blades.

            We actually bought a horse furminator and a dog shedding blade and are now using the dog shedding blade on the horse and the horse furminator on the dog. I'm glad we didn't get a furminator for the dog first because with how well it works on the dog we would've been suckered into buying another one for the horse which would've been the biggest waste of $50.

            Save yourself the cash, just get a shedding blade for your horse.

            Also some are suggesting it for getting off caked mud -- the instructions specifically say to never use a furminator on a dirty horse.

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            • #46
              Originally posted by Knight's Journey View Post
              If your shedding out a horse DON'T buy a furminator -- they are much less effective than shedding blades..
              But Bot Blocks (Grooming blocks) are MUCH more effective than shedding blades. They seem to rip the hair out, but the horses are not bothered by it. If they lose their edge, you get it back by just a swipe on a wooden wall.

              and cheap too http://www.jeffersequine.com/ssc/pro...=1&pf_id=13138

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