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Horsemanning – Pictures and history of the viral internet meme

Updated on January 9, 2012
A girl Horsemanning on the beach
A girl Horsemanning on the beach | Source

After Planking and Owling, Horsemanning is a photo trend that has gone viral. A concept back from the 1920s, Horsemanning is now a hot new Internet meme that has taken the online community by a storm. Here's a peak into this illusion, how Horsemanning originated, some of the best Horsemanning pictures and the steps of Horsemanning.

What is Horsemanning?

Horsemanning is an act that requires two people to get their picture taken in a way that one body looks beheaded while the other is the detached head. The first subject of the picture poses in a way that their head is either tilted backwards or angled in a way that it is not visible in the picture frame. The second subject of the picture poses in a way that only their head is visible. The result is a perfect Horsemanning picture and illusion. Like every other photo trend that has gone viral, there is a constant urge amongst those who indulge in Horsemanning to find creative ways for this Internet meme.

History of Horsemanning

Horsemanning is thought to be a revival of a photo trend from the 1920s. The concept of the name 'Horsemanning' is often pegged at being drawn from the Headless Horseman in Washington Irving's The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow. In the 1920s, this photo trend of creating an illusion was considered popular. There is no exact evidence regarding how and when the concept of Horsemanning got revived, but Horsemanning pictures started surfacing on the Internet and social networking websites in mid 2011.

Who can do Horsemanning?

Anyone and everyone can practice Horsemanning, but you must know that unlike other popular fads like Planking and Owling, Horsemanning will require at least two people. Age is no bar either as we've seen Horsemanning pictures of people around the world. Man, women, girls and boys all seem to enjoy creating this illusion and posting pictures on the internet.

Horsemanning: How to

Horsemanning is one of the more complicated Internet meme around and it requires good positioning and a nice camera angle to create the perfect Horsemanning picture. Ideal places for easy Horsemanning pictures are benches, sofa, lounges and chairs. You should know that you are not limited to these spots. The more creative you can get, the better. For the purpose of this illustration, let's keep it simple and walk through the steps of Horsemanning assuming that you want to get your horsemanning picture taken on a sofa chair.

1. Find a good sofa to sit on. Make sure that the sofa or chair is stable enough and will not break or fall.

2. Ask your friend to sit behind the sofa in a way that their body is not visible from the camera view.

3. Sitting straight, simply lean back your head until a point that nothing above your shoulders is visible from a straight angle in the camera viewfinder.

4. Ask your friend who is sitting behind the sofa to raise their head up to come in the view of the camera.

5. Put your hand below their chin or grab the head from the top to give the visual illusion that you are holding your own decapitated head.

6. Get your picture taken.

Horsemanning: What next

Now that you've got your very own Horsemanning picture taken, you too can be a part of this viral photo trend and upload it on social networking websites. Whether it is in the form of your Facebook profile picture, a Twitter post, a picture on MySpace or you can even make a video about it and post in on YouTube. Like other fads, Horsemanning too has many communities on the internet where you can share your Horsemanning pictures with the other thousands out there.

Precautions to take while Horsemanning

There are no apparent risks while trying to take a Horsemanning picture. However, make sure that the spot that you select is firm and stable. You must also be careful that you don't bend your neck or back to an extent which may cause a sprain, injury or a disability. Be creative, but be safe and make sure you share your crazy horsemanning pictures!

Some of the coolest, craziest and wicked Horsemanning pictures

Horsemanning on the table
Horsemanning on the table
Horsemanning on the couch
Horsemanning on the couch
Horsemanning on the beach
Horsemanning on the beach
Horsemanning on the sofa
Horsemanning on the sofa
Horsemanning on a shelf, very innovative!
Horsemanning on a shelf, very innovative!
Horsemanning on a table
Horsemanning on a table
2 girls in a very creative Horsemanning picture
2 girls in a very creative Horsemanning picture
Horsemanning wine and dine, anyone?
Horsemanning wine and dine, anyone?
Television host Kathie Lee Gifford and news anchor Hoda Kotb Horsemanning on Today, 7 am on NBC
Television host Kathie Lee Gifford and news anchor Hoda Kotb Horsemanning on Today, 7 am on NBC
2 girls Horsemanning on a wooden deck
2 girls Horsemanning on a wooden deck
Pizza while Horsemanning, anyone?
Pizza while Horsemanning, anyone?
Now this looks like a real decapitated head
Now this looks like a real decapitated head

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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      Chris, it is hard to tell. But I'm sure it will be more whacky, cool and viral!

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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      Yes it does! I'm sure these pictures can make for a great personalized Halloween photo.

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      CWanamaker 6 years ago from Arizona

      Haha, what will they think of next.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      This fits in with the Halloween theme

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      Andrew 6 years ago from Rep Boston MA

      LOL.

      ~thranax~

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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      Ardie, some of the pictures are really cool, aren't they? The best thing is that every one keeps sharing their Horsemanning pictures on a lot of communities out there. Make sure you share yours!

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      You're right, Maddie. In terms of creativity, the overall concept of creating an illusion and making a cool picture out of it definitely beats the idea of lying face down. Way more cooler!

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      I think this particular Internet meme is SO neat. I've haven't seen several of the pictures you've found so thanks for sharing! I need to come up with one of my own :)

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      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      This leaves more room for creativity than planking or owling. Very cool!

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