Small Horses who were domesticated by Hobbits and Breelanders. Ponies were ofter brown and white. The Brandybucks especially. They had many ponies that they would ride and then auction off. Meriadoc Brandybuck himself owned five ponies: Bumpkin, Sharp-ears, Swish-tail, White-socks, and Wise-nose. They befriended Tom Bombadil's hill-pony Fatty Lumpkin and frequently retreated to him in times of danger. At Bree, Bill the Pony was given to Sam Gamgee. Sam took great care of Bill and was saddened when he was forced to release the old pony, who, using his excellent sense of direction, found his way back to Bree. Other ponies walked about Middle-Earth, like Stybba of Rohan and Strider of Gondor, but very little is known about them.