Merry's ponies had escaped altogether, and eventually (having a good deal of sense) they made their way to the Downs in search of [Tom Bombadil's pony] Fatty Lumpkin. So they came under the care of Tom Bombadil for a while, and were well-off.

The Fellowship of the Ring, A Knife in the Dark

A Shire Pony is a type of mount similar to a horse and often used by Hobbits. They appear considerably smaller than normal horses.

Taming, saddling, equipping a chest to and finally riding a Shire Pony is the requirement to earn the achievement "Poor Old Bill".

Spawning[edit | edit source]

Shire Ponies spawn exclusively in the Shire; in this biome, no horses spawn, since they would be too large for Hobbits to ride. It will thus probably be the first mount a new player encounters.

Occasionally, Hobbit bounders may spawn riding a pony. Mounted Hobbit bounders can also be hired from a shirriff.

A bounder riding pony.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

They behave in the same way as the mod's horses, but are smaller, slower and possess weaker jumping strength. They are quite slow compared to horses of Rohan, but are a good starter mount.

In the manner of donkeys and mules, they can be made to carry saddlebags once tamed by right-clicking on them with a chest. It should be noted that like mules, they cannot wear horse armour because such things are unheard-of in the Shire; additionally, they are too small. Only tamed ponies can be bred in the same way as the horses in Middle-earth, that is with normal apples. Golden carrots do not work.

Drops[edit | edit source]

When killed, Shire Ponies drop between zero and three pieces of leather, just like normal horses. Also the saddle and the contents of the saddlebags is dropped.

North: ElkHorse (Shire Pony) • Wild Boar
Evil: Mirkwood SpiderMordor SpiderWarg
Harad: CamelGiraffeRhinoZebra
Breeding Mounts

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