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Furminator/Deshedding Tools, do they really work?

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  • sublimequine
    started a topic Furminator/Deshedding Tools, do they really work?

    Furminator/Deshedding Tools, do they really work?

    So I'm not body clipping my mare as extensively as I used to in past years, as she now is at a barn farther away where I cannot do multiple blanket changes in one day. That means I'm going to have more furry horse to de-shed.

    I've been looking at possibly investing in the Furminator or even just a generic, similar deshedding tool. But do they really work any better than the old fashioned metal shed blade, or a good rubber curry?

    Is the Furminator truly worth it's high price, does it really remove significantly larger amounts of hair then more conventional shedding tools?

  • Fairview Horse Center
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    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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  • Knight's Journey
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    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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  • craz4crtrs
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    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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  • KateKat
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    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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  • sublimequine
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    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?

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  • horse-loverz
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    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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  • TheJenners
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    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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  • Sithly
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    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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  • EquineJunky
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    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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  • dalpal
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    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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  • sublimequine
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    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!

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  • EquineJunky
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    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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  • howardh
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    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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  • TheJenners
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    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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  • Cindyg
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    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.

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  • Easy Choice
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    Lolalola the furminators are all the same - just different sizes.

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  • Bank of Dad
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    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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  • lolalola
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    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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  • bdj
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    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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