Is it permissible for women to ride horses

QUESTION:
I would like to know the answers the following question:
Is it permissible for women to ride horses? Some of my family members have told me that Nabi(S.A.W) cursed women who ride horses. Is this true. Is there any suvh thing like this, because according to what ANSWER:
It is not permissible for a woman to do horse riding as a sport or a hobby except for a Shar’ee reason i.e. Jihaad, Hajj etc. Allama Shamee (R.A) says that there is also a Hadith of Nabi (S.A.W) that says “ Allah cursed women on saddles”. However Allama Shamee (R.A) says that the wording of this Hadith is not authentic but its meaning is proven from other authentic Ahaadeeth such as “Nabi(S.A.W) has cursed those men who imitate women and those women who imitate men.” (Bukhari vol2 pg 874)
However if it is done with the intention of Jihaad it will be permissible, so long as it is done in Hijaab.
(Shaamiyah vol9 pgs 697/698)
And Allah Ta’aala knows best

Talha bin Ershad Sheik
Attested to as correct by:
Mufti Muhammed Ashraf
15 JULY 2010 / 3 SHA’BAAN 1431