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Furminator/Deshedding Tools, do they really work?

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  • 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?
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  • #2
    It sure works on my Lab... never tried it on my mare though...

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    • #3
      Yes, yes, yes. For horses, labs and collies! Also great for removing large patches of dried mud.
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        Originally posted by LauraKY View Post
        Yes, yes, yes. For horses, labs and collies! Also great for removing large patches of dried mud.
        So it's really more efficient than a metal shed blade?
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        • #5
          I bought one for my horses and that thing was the worst thing that I have ever bought!!! It literally rips the hair out. Don't waste your money!!
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            Originally posted by Diamondindykin View Post
            I bought one for my horses and that thing was the worst thing that I have ever bought!!! It literally rips the hair out. Don't waste your money!!
            WOw, good to know!
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            • #7
              It works very well. My short haired hound hates it-so I don't use it on her. My Australian Shepherd thinks it is the best thing ever. Haven't tried it on the horses.

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              • #8
                i tried our dog one on the horses, but it didnt work well at all...maybe my guy wasnt fuzzy enough or the comb's teeth are shorter on the horse one?? i dont know~ i will stick to currying

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                • #9
                  I could not live without mine.

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                  • #10
                    I made three cats out of one cat once..and she loved it!

                    Haven't used it on the horse though...and there IS something different about them...the teeth are closer so it pulls on the loose hair more aggressively.
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                    • #11
                      It worked very well on my shepherd and my fiance's long hair cat, but I never tried it on my mare.

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                      • #12
                        I have one designed for horses. It works great! It keeps all the loose hair together rather then airborn like the regular shedding blade. I body clip my horse now so I don't use it anymore.

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                        • #13
                          I have the Bamboo copy that looks like one of those "Lady Safety Razors" from back in the day... forget the name. Basically it's a round disk with the blade in it, rather than the handle.

                          The horses LOVE it. I like it. I don't think it necessarily gets more hair than an old fasioned metal spring curry (with CLEAN, sharp teeth) BUT, what I notice is it's neater, and the hair lays down more nicely after using it.

                          My dogs love it too. Again, not sure it's any more efficient, but it's slightly addicting. So I'll get another this year.

                          And because I *do* like the cheaper version, I've often fantasized about getting the horsey size real deal... it's just A LOT of Money.
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                          • #14
                            Love it for my labs, but it didn't work well on my VERY hairy horse. If you have dogs that shed a lot it's worth the price, but protect the "blade" because I dropped mine and broke some of the "teeth"
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                            • #15
                              I was amazed with Mars Coat King. Donk didn't start shedding until June last year and I thought I’d only see his true coat for about a week before he started growing winter woolies so I splurged & couldn’t believe the result. Got most of the coat out in one 15 minute session (Mini donk)
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                                #16
                                Thanks for the input folks, I appreciate it!
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                                • #17
                                  I bought a generic furminator in the pet dept at WalMart. I use it on all my animals, including the horses, and I love it.

                                  Kathryn

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                                  • #18
                                    i love it for my corgis- eternal shedders, but you have to constantly declump the teeth. kind of a pita in that respect.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Diamondindykin View Post
                                      I bought one for my horses and that thing was the worst thing that I have ever bought!!! It literally rips the hair out. Don't waste your money!!
                                      Wow, I haven't had that problem. I used it gently and all the way down to the skin. Amazing how much hair and dirt is brought up.

                                      If the horse isn't shedding, I don't brush that deep and it removed mud beautifully.

                                      My two drafties have coarser hair, and they love it. I had to be gentle on my old qh and my deceased Cushing arab.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by pintopiaffe View Post
                                        I have the Bamboo copy that looks like one of those "Lady Safety Razors" from back in the day... forget the name. Basically it's a round disk with the blade in it, rather than the handle.

                                        The horses LOVE it. I like it. I don't think it necessarily gets more hair than an old fasioned metal spring curry (with CLEAN, sharp teeth) BUT, what I notice is it's neater, and the hair lays down more nicely after using it.

                                        My dogs love it too. Again, not sure it's any more efficient, but it's slightly addicting. So I'll get another this year.

                                        And because I *do* like the cheaper version, I've often fantasized about getting the horsey size real deal... it's just A LOT of Money.
                                        The Bamboo version is the one I have.

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