There is the absolute beginner hold on like hell and try not to die stage.
Right after you find the hands only- ride like a old school western stage.
Next is the hands first, legs second stage.
After is the legs first, hands second stage.
And lastly you find the subtle rider- subtly riding with the whole body first, legs second, and hands last stage.
The subtle rider understands that a simple twist or lift of the hip, slight change in seat position, or weight distribution can be all that is needed to communicate volumes to their horses.
The subtle rider has achieved a true understanding of bio mechanics and how they can use their bodies to positively influence their horses without looking like they are doing a thing.
Which rider are you?