I came across this totally bizarre photo posing phenomenon, which is even cooler than the other photo fads like planking, or owling, teapotting or leisure diving. It comes from the 1920s and deserves a look – and a try, if you’re up for it. It’s zany, quirky and even weird but it will keep you (and the people you send the photos to) smiling. It goes by the name of horsemaning (sometimes spelt ‘horsemanning’ and sometimes referred to as ‘fake beheading’). It’s a fun, unique way of turning the unreal into the real.

  • Try an unusual setting to create a first-ever pose
  • Try a guy’s head on a girl’s body (and vice versa!)
  • Share your pics with the world

Horsemaning is based on the old 1900s practice of beheading, and makes a direct reference to The Headless Horseman in Washington Irving’s short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Horsemaning shows a strange representation of someone who has been beheaded but with the head being placed in another unusual place, with the head looking as though it totally belongs there, and not just randomly placed there.

This requires far more skill than just lying horizontally, or perching on something or even just jumping into the air. Horsemaning requires great photography and placement skills in order to come up with something even remotely believable. Many could replicate a cheap shot but it requires great planning and co-ordination to come up with a product that will have people gasping and asking “how did they do that?”

Take a look at what horsemaning poses others have come up with and see if you can produce something better! If you do, send us a link and we’ll add it to this page.