When discussing his time on set in the “Lord of the Rings” movies with The IndependentDominic Monaghan said of Merry and Pippin’s two trusted steeds: “My horse absolutely hates Billy Boyd’s horse. I don’t know why they put them together. We were always together and all All horses do is bite each other.”
As someone who has been herding horses for more than half a lifetime, I can attest that they can be extremely picky about their companions. Watching horses in the pasture is no different than witnessing a high school cafeteria, factions and all, especially when a new horse enters the herd. I’ve ridden many times with other horses that have kicked me or bit him if he got too close, and he got his fair share in the pasture. I also saw a lot of adorable moments between him and his friends. Horses are also quite affectionate towards each other. Sometimes the enjoyment even takes the form of “biting love,” so maybe the two don’t even hate each other at all.
There are many beautiful horses that have appeared in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, from Shadowfax, Brego to Bill the Pony. Famous horse lover Viggo Mortensen told NME he bought three horses from the set: Uraeus, who played Brego; Kenny, who is not named in “The Two Towers”, is both ridden by him as Aragorn; and the other for stuntwoman and friend Jane Abbott. Sadly, like my own pony Rocky – who I still miss every day – the two he bought later are no longer with us. Abbott’s horse, Florian, plays Asfaloth, whom the stuntwoman rode in Arwen’s unforgettable chase scene in “The Fellowship of the Ring.” He is still alive and well in 2020.
https://www.slashfilm.com/937920/the-lord-of-the-rings-horses-didnt-share-the-same-camaraderie-as-the-cast/ The Lord of the Rings horses do not share the same close friendship as their co-stars