It is best to lay it out flat, OUT of the sun. After the first 24 hours, dump the old salt off, and resalt a second time. After the salt has cured the hide the second time, it will begin to stiffen the hide, it then can be folded or rolled up before it gets too hard. After the hide is cured to this stage,be sure to keep it dry, and free of bugs until you get it to your processor. Get it to your processor the sooner the better so you do not risk any damage or slippage to your hide. Hope this helps you!