LOTS OF PICTURES BELOW I've been working on a coydog I got last year from a fellow member here as a personal project, one that I've been having fun with and learning as I go along. Been doing pretty good on prep work the last few days until this afternoon where I hit a road block so to speak with her. Legs are giving me quite an issue. Her front legs need to be shaved down more and they should work. Actually surprised I have to shave so much on the legs, convinced that this gal didn't have a lot of muscle to her is my guess on why her legs are so thin. Biggest issue I'm having though is the back legs. From what I can tell from the pelt her stifle and hock seems to be shorter than the average coyote and that her legs still need more shaving than what I did so far. Again very thin legs like the fronts also. Also trying to figure out how to shave around her shoulder blades area since the skin just won't reach the back either. but fear if I shave too much that I lose that definition of the shoulder blade. The tick marks are where the stifle, hock and the paw are roughly from what I figured out on the pelt. My questions is how should I tackle this alteration? I was going to cut out the 'extra' in the legs and resculpt what is removed (like the Achilles's muscles) in order to make the leg correct to her hide which I think is the correct way to approach it. I'm unsure though and wanted to get some advice on how to handle it. I'm trying very hard to make sure to make this mount as good as possible so rather ask questions before I do something that might mess everything up! If there's different ways to approach this I would love to hear it since not sure if the way I have in mind will work. Lastly I also have a quarter size slip spot on her leg. Should I just wedge it and stitch? I know normally would be done when they happen on the neck or body but not sure if it can be done on the legs.