Just bought a partial ram skull from an antique store, and antique it is. The whole skull is the braincase, the (very large, spiraling) horns, and partial orbital bones, and it looks like it was picked up from a field. I don't see any flesh on it and there's no brain. I found an older topic to figure out how to remove the horns, but after an hour's soak in warm water like was suggested, the bone felt soft like it was going to give. Every time I tried to get the horns off, it felt like the skull was about to break. It also has a slight odor to it after the soak. The darker parts of the horn, including around the base, are from where it soaked. I'm worried that if I soak it longer, or try to force them off with a mallet or drop it on concrete, the old bone will fall apart. Is it possible for bone to weaken in water enough to be damaged, or am I just paranoid? What would be the best way to remove the horns? Is it even worth trying to keep the skull part?