So when I came across this knockoff version of the Furminator specifically marketed for horses - and it was $5.50 on clearance at TJ Maxx - well, that was worth the price of admission.
ps packaging does not hold up to idiot dogs
The FurBuster comes in two parts: the handle and the blade itself. The blade was a bit tricky to get into the handle, but a little bit of wrestling and it clicked in. It has not even threatened to budge since then, so I think the tough part was worth it.
Does it work?
It really does. That was a not-too-hard pass on Tristan's shoulder. It absolutely digs pretty deep and gets up quite a bit of hair.
Look, it's a great little toy. I'm not sorry I bought it to try out, and it's definitely part of my shedding arsenal now. That being said, it does have some drawbacks, and I'm not sure it performs all that much better than a good old-fashioned shedding blade.
First drawback: it clogs up pretty quickly. Because of its design, hair gets caught in the blade and stays there. Shedding blades sort of push that hair ahead of them, and you can just keep going and going and it piles up. This gets much more hair in a single pass - but you have to manually remove the hair after each pass.
Second drawback: it's not flexible. It does a great job on the large wide spaces - neck, shoulders, back, butt, etc. - but it's stiff and tough to actually get any hair off the legs.
Third drawback: it's pretty invasive. Which means Tristan loves it! My horse has never been groomed hard enough in his entire life. He loooooooves a good hard, deep curry and half falls asleep while you use this thing. I think it helps alleviate some of the itching from shedding while it pulls the hair out.
But I know that an awful lot of horses cannot handle being groomed deeply (or even at all!). This is soooooooo not the tool for those horses! They would absolutely hit the roof. It's much more invasive than a regular shedding blade - it goes deeper, it grabs more hair, and its rigid nature means that the horse's skin has to yield to it, unlike a shedding blade, which shapes around a horse's curves.
So: fun purchase in the moment, not something I'm going to recommend everyone run out and buy.