Equine & Veterinary Applications

SunMate & Pudgee orthopedic cushions aren’t just for people. Improve your best friend's health and well-being with the same medical-grade orthopedic cushion materials used in hospitals, nursing homes and rehab centers.

  • Formulated specifically for medical applications, body support, energy and impact absorption.
  • Open-cell structure allows for cooling airflow.
  • 33-36% natural plant ingredients add freshness and softness not found in other polyurethane memory foams.
  • Durable, long-lasting cushion material maintains support properties without bottoming-out under pressure.
  • Complete range of thicknesses; sheet, standard and custom sizes; 8 different pressure qualities from Extra-Soft to Hard
  • Gel-like Pudgee material has skin-saving slide, often used in instances where pressure sores, bony prominences, or tender areas of the skin are present

SunMate Shims for Saddle-fitting

Correct saddle fit is important for a horse. An ill-fitting saddle can pinch, gouge, restrict blood circulation, or rub uncomfortably against skin, muscle or bone causing the horse pain. Signs of a poor fit often manifest as negative behavior or as tight, stiff action in a horse's gait. Professional saddle-fitters understand how to assess and address these issues using saddle shims as an inexpensive alternative to buying a new saddle, having one custom-made, or buying off-the-shelf, one-size-fits-all products just won't work.

Master saddlers like using SunMate because it is affordable, versatile, easy to work with, and out-performs gels, honeycomb materials and closed-cell foams. Thin (quarter-inch to half-inch), Medium Firm or Firm SunMate usually works best, but professional saddle-fitters should be consulted for the best solution to a horse's individual requirements. To find a Master Saddler in your area, visit www.mastersaddlers.com.

SunMate Inserts for Saddle Pads

SunMate half-pad

A good saddle pad can protect a horse's back from the weight and impact force of the rider. It will also wick away moisture from the horse's skin, keep the horse cool, and protect the saddle from dirt and sweat. SunMate's impact absorption properties, comfort level, performance and durability, makes it the orthopedic foam-of-choice for saddle pad inserts found in some of the highest quality saddle pad brands on the market today. 

For Western or Endurance saddles, a sheet of .5"-.75" Medium or Medium-Firm SunMate cut to size and covered in a durable fabric or fleece makes a great saddle pad. 

Pet Bed Padding

SunMate pet bed Upgrade your pet's bedding with medical-grade orthopedic SunMate. SunMate offers premium comfort without the premium price.

  • Standard and custom sizes available, no minimum order required.
  • Choose from a range of softnesses suitable for your pet's size (X-Soft, Soft, Med-Soft, Med)
  • Purchase as a replacement cushion for your existing bed, or with optional slipcover.
  • Waterproof, stretch-knit, or micro-suede fabrics available.
  • For pets with sensitive skin, arthritis, or bony prominences, a super-soft gel-like Pudgee or Comfort Foam layer may be added.

Veterinary Prosthetic Padding

In some extreme situations, veterinarians have used the Liquid SunMate Foam-in-Place system to make custom-molded prosthetics and padding for animals with leg injuries or amputations. Click here to read a story about Thor, a horse with an unusual hoof deformity.