Actually, something between the two: much closer to half-seat, but so that my butt is actually not coming down on the horse, so that I can have a bit more bounce but not hurt the horse. I actually don't know if such a thing exists.
In regard to leg exercises. I have really strong legs. I am an old marathon runner (hence the bad knees), and I can ride bareback for hours with no pain. I can even post a trot well bareback. It is trying to do it with stirrups that makes my knees hurt for some reason. I have tried longer and shorter stirrups.
I don't know if I am seeking the right way around it or not. During the post with stirrups, I brace my feet, and my knees hurt. Then I want to straighten the legs. I stiffen a bit, and the post becomes bouncy (not terribly).
Last edited by DSJ46; 06-25-2011 at 10:48 PM.