FAQ’s

Does an OEF membership cover me or my horse?

An OEF membership provides automatic personal liability insurance for the member – it doesn’t matter how many horses you own or ride.

How can I get my horse insured?

The OEF provides an optional member named perils insurance program for members, but you are best to contact an insurance provider directly for more information.

How do I become an OEF member?

Please visit the OEF Membership page to determine what membership is best suited for your needs. You can purchase a membership online, by fax or by mail.

When will I receive my membership card?

The OEF is no longer offering physical membership cards and FOBs. Electronic cards will be emailed to you immediately upon completion of your online renewal. If you have mailed in your membership application, your e-card will be sent to you once it has been processed by a membership representative.

Should you not have access to email, the OEF would be happy to print a paper card on your behalf, and mail it to the address of your membership application. Please call us to make this arrangement.

The money saved by not purchasing physical cards and FOBs, printing them and mailing them to over 21,000 members has been redirected to the first-ever, OEF Equine Research fund with Equine Guelph. We are proud to be contributing to equine research initiatives in Ontario.

How do I choose a riding stable?

Stables that belong to the OEF Horse Facilities Council have agreed to employ the minimum safety and management standards outlined by the OEF. You can access a listing of these stables using the online OEF Directory.

If you are considering riding at a stable that is not a member of the Horse Facilities Council please be sure to ask the following questions.

Is it the law to wear a helmet when riding?

According to Bill 12 – the Horse Riding Safety Act all junior riders are required by law to wear an approved safety helmet. The OEF recommends that ALL riders wear a helmet when riding at ALL times.

What is the OEF’s position on equine slaughter?

The OEF’s official position statement on equine slaughter outlines our expectation that it is the responsibility of every member of the equine community to ensure horses are treated humanely and with dignity and respect at the end of their lives.

What should I do if I witness equine abuse or neglect?

All members of the equine industry have a responsibility to ensure horses in their care, custody and control are provided with the basic necessities of life and are handled and managed humanely at all times. If you witness a horse being mistreated or neglected, we urge you to contact the appropriate authorities. For further information, as well as resources, please see the OEF’s official position statement on equine welfare.