Hi there! beginner question here. I have a few questions about stretching and breaking hides. I want to understand more about breaking and stretching. Never done taxidermy before. I am at the tanning stage. I just want to ask a question about stretching and breaking hides and shape distortion. For traditional mounts: are hides stretched/broken before mounted onto a mannekin? If I read correctly, it seems hides can sometimes shrink during tanning process (not sure if I read right). if they are stretched and broken, how much are they before they will be distorted and out of proportion? until it is white. I'd imagine since it is for a mount, it doesn't need to be stretched to the point of white? For soft/rug mounts: for both rug and soft mount, is the head and face at all stretched/broken? I saw a tutorial on a coyote rug on youtube that showed the head being broken and softened along with the rest of the hide. Doesn't this distort facial details, since stretching would deform the original shape of the hide? since soft-mount is pretty much a rug, the hide would be softened from breaking and stretching. I have a question about arms and legs. Do you stretch and break them for soft mounts? I would imagine stretching and breaking them would make the arms and legs look too large and wide. It would be deformed and much larger size than the original size of the animal. since the hide is stretched and broken like a rug for soft mounts, doesn't this mean that the anatomy and proportions of the hide is no longer accurate?