|“||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
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.
Behaviour[edit | edit source]
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.