The horse stations (morin urtuus) are the backbone of the Mongol Derby. They represent the only compulsory points on the course, and a rider cannot achieve a proper placing in the event unless he rides into and out of every urtuu and is signed in and out by the vets or urtuu managers. They will be stationed about every 35-40kms as ridden - not as the crow flies, as you are not riding crows. Most urtuus will simply be the summer dwellings of the herding families hosting the urtuu, with an extra ger erected to house any 'overspill' of riders. Some will have moved to be at the location we assign to them, for example if there is a 60km stretch with no families. All riders are welcome to stay and eat with the herders, many of whom will have been preparing traditional Mongolian fare in fevered expectation of your arrival. We don't guarantee a space in the ger for every rider though. Things may be pretty cosy, and a few stragglers may prefer to bivvy outside.