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Which blanket is warmer? Baker vs. ?

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  • Which blanket is warmer? Baker vs. ?

    I have a Baker blanket (not the turnout, just the regular 'ole blanket) and a 280 gm stable blanket (http://www.sstack.com/Horsewear_Stab...t--Midweight-/).

    Which would you consider a warmer blanket, and why? I've always used regular turnout blankets in the past (Rambos and Rhinos), but I sold all of them because they didn't fit my new gelding. I'm now going with layering options, and have never used Bakers or stable blankets in the past. I have a turnout sheet that will serve as the top layer during turnout.

  • #2
    I would not use a Baker as a turnout layer, period. Every horse I've seen out with them alone (which is not their intended purpose) or under a turnout ends up with the Baker twisted and usually ripped.


    • #3
      I would not use a stable blanket for turnout even with a turnout sheet over it,like riley0522 said they twist and get ripped. Get a turnout blanket 1200 denier ripstop anything else doent hold up.The 600 denier is only good for two winters i know i bought one will have to replace it for next winter,my 1200 denier is going on four winters no ripps and still water proof.


      • Original Poster

        Originally posted by sassy45 View Post
        I would not use a stable blanket for turnout even with a turnout sheet over it,like riley0522 said they twist and get ripped. Get a turnout blanket 1200 denier ripstop anything else doent hold up.The 600 denier is only good for two winters i know i bought one will have to replace it for next winter,my 1200 denier is going on four winters no ripps and still water proof.
        Buying new blankets are NOT an option at the moment. The stable blanket has leg straps and fits him really well. It does NOT shift, either with or without the turnout over top. He's stalled 12 hours and on limited turnout 12 hours with 1 other gelding. Trust me, I only have 1200d and 1680d turnouts- I wouldn't waste my money on 600d. I can understand not layering with the Baker, but I certainly don't have issues with layering over a stable blanket designed to be used as a layer. In fact, I'll probably purchase a heavyweight stable blanket before I purchase a heavyweight turnout. The heavyweight turnout I have now, gets used about 6 times per year. That's not enough to justify the price of a new heavyweight turnout blanket - given my stabling situation.


        • #5
          I've had good luck layering over Baker blankets. I used a Baker as the base and a Rhino wug turnout on top. No fuss, no muss. With that said, both pieces of clothing fit well!
          I have also layered a regular Rhino as well as a wug turnout shhet over a Triple Crown stable blanket. Again, the fit was 'correct' - not too big. That combo also worked like a charm!

          I love Baker blankets, but I really don't love picking shavings out of them, so I wouldn't use one regularly in the stall by itself. Other than that, I would try either combination based on which fits best.
          Y'all ain't right!


          • #6
            If the blanket fits and doesnt shift then putting the turnout over it is fine. I understand not be able to buy new blankets right now,thats why iam waiting till next fall to buy a new blanket for my horse. The blanket that 600 denier is still usable for now it keeping my horse dry and warm.


            • #7
              You will get more warmth with layering than with a single blanket because of the air trapped BETWEEN the layers. This is what really keeps them warm. I have layered with stable blankets, including Bakers, with a T/O sheet on top and it has worked satisfactorily. Unless you have a REALLY wild roller...

              You do the best you can with what you have.


              • #8
                I use my horse's Baker as a base layer when it's really cold, and I didn't have a single problem with it shifting under his t/o. It fits him well and it's small enough to fit under his t/o, though. Actually, the only problem is that when he started shedding it was a PITA to get the hair out of the Baker!

                I would assume the stable blanket is the warmer one. My boss has a Schneider's stable blanket for her stallion and it's pretty toasty.

                ETA I also like the option of washing a base layer so the part next to my horse is relatively clean.
                I love my Econo-Nag!


                • #9
                  I would also assume the stable blanket is slightly warmer than the Baker.

                  I would "guesstimate" the weight of the Baker to be around 200g vs. your 280g for the stable blanket.


                  • #10
                    The baker t/o blanket is 400 fill and is very warm. I do like that blanket but also prefer the one's with a hood. A better option in to get a light blanket with a hood and put the baker t/o blanket under the light t/o. This way your horse will be warm and you have 2 blankets that can be used multi ways. Good LUCK


                    • #11
                      I live in the Northeast and we always layer blankets (they don't make a warm-enough blanket, even the Rambo Supremes need at least one layer). Layering over a stable blanket it actually easier than dealing with all the straps & bulk that layering over a t/o is, FWIW. If you put the leg-straps of the t/o through the d-rings of the under-layers, things usually stay in place. You can also purchase individual surcingles, which I find very handy if the stable blankets don't have belly surcingles, or to just anchor things down. I have found that the Baker's don't fit many horses well, which is why they slip, so I'd use whatever blanket fits best for t/o.


                      • Original Poster

                        Originally posted by Show_hunters View Post
                        The baker t/o blanket is 400 fill and is very warm. I do like that blanket but also prefer the one's with a hood. A better option in to get a light blanket with a hood and put the baker t/o blanket under the light t/o. This way your horse will be warm and you have 2 blankets that can be used multi ways. Good LUCK
                        I don't have the Baker TURNOUT blanket, just the regular old fashioned Baker blanket. Yes, my stable blanket has 280gm of fill. So I'm comparing 280gm of fill to the Baker blanket.


                        • #13
                          The Baker's warmth comes from how tightly woven it is, not from loft or "fill." As old fashioned as I am, I think that blankets is one area where the industry is leaps and bounds ahead of what we had eons ago. Point being, the lighter, loftier blankets both fit better and are less weight on the horse, as well as being warmer. I love Bakers, but they slip on most horses. So, go with the stable blanket if you have a choice.


                          • #14
                            The stable blanket will be warmer. Been there, done that.


                            • #15
                              I have the Baker blanket and the same stable blanket. I use the stable blanket as the warmer option. My horse plays hard and rolls a lot - the stable
                              blanket works fine with a turnout sheet over top. Turnout with the Baker as the base layer ends up with an unhappy horse with bunched up undies!


                              • Original Poster

                                With the weather the Mid Atlantic has experienced the past week, I've felt that the stable blanket w/turnout sheet on top is on the verge of being too warm. The wind stopped last evening, so I removed the turnout and just left him stalled with the stable blanket and neck cover (his neck is completely clipped). He was perfectly cozy this morning, but not over warm. I felt like I needed something that was a little bit less warm, so I ordered this blanket liner from Schneiders: http://www.sstack.com/horsewear_mult...r--open-front/
                                I'm thinking that it will give me alot more options. He can wear it alone in the stall, or under this turnout. If it gets zero with a windchill, I can layer it under his stable blanket, under his turnout. It looks like it will be nice to toss on him after a workout or when riding in the trailer. "Good news" for next week though, it's supposed to be colder and windier than this past week. I'll be back to my original blanketing plan then. The Baker has been staying in the tackroom for the time being since he won't be able to wear his neck cover with it (no dees). Thanks for everybody's help and opinions!


                                • #17
                                  I use the Baker Stable Blanket (thicker one) as an under layer. However it can cause rubs so I use another undersheet that doesn't cause them. Basicly it's a good layering blanket to add warm.


                                  • #18
                                    I have a Baker blanket knockoff my mother bought in 1993 because the tack shop had these rather than Bakers. It has been used as a base layer on numerous horses and that baby still looks new. I cannot recall the brand, but it's a moot point, as I have searched all over and cannot find them.

                                    A barn I worked at used a Baker under a T/O sheet as the mid-weight blanket until the horses moved up to their heavy Rambos. The Bakers survived beautifully.

                                    I would guess the other stable blanket is warmer than the Baker...
                                    Last edited by Invite; Dec. 10, 2010, 10:34 AM. Reason: never answered original question


                                    • #19
                                      Personally, I never buy stable blankets anymore. I have one really nice one in my garage that hasn't been used in years. I just have several turnouts in multiple weights and they pull double duty as stable blankets as well. Really no reason to have both. In the case of limited funds, I'd just invest in turnouts. I love Rambos (and have several) but you're right, they don't fit every horse. I've got a couple of Dover Northwind turnouts that I've had for years and really fit every build of horse I've tried them on. A great, easy to fit blanket for the money.

                                      That said, back to your original question, anything with loft is going to be warmer. Baker blankets are fine in the stable but I wouldn't use one for turnout even with a top turnout layer.