Hobbit Ponies Question

Another great interview from Grognard Games aired recently. This time GG talks to the Father of Landsharks, Tim Kask:

During this interview there is a brief allusion to hobbit ponies. Apparently Gary Gygax and Tim were both frustrated with how ponies -- hobbit ponies in particular -- were being treated in some campaigns. Tim mentions something about them having 3x the carrying capacity [of regular ponies?] before the conversation turns to other matters.

So what is the full back-story here? Were hobbit ponies considered special in the 70s? Was there a common house-ruling pertaining to how much weight they could carry?

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