I had gelding who we recently sold that was maybe 14.2 that LOVED the poles! I had started him when I started him on the barrels but never finished him on the poles. So I was doing that this year and he was running 25s and wasn't finished on the poles and was just cruising. I predicted when finished he would have been a 20-21s pole horse.
On barrels he was running 18s, he just didn't have the heart to do the barrels and it was a fight constantly because he didn't like them. So I put the barrels behind us and worked on the poles which he loved.
Here is a video of me working him on the poles this summer, his momma was a cutting bred mare and his daddy was all cow bred so he was pretty catty lol!
And our friends daughters pony I occasionally tune on! He is 12-12.1 hh and WICKED we haven't really clocked him on the poles but he is going to be one of those WICKED fast ponies that you see these Jr. Rodeo kids mounted on that run 19-20 second times on.
I love watching small horses kick some serious booty in the barrels and poles. Especially poles...a wicked pony on the poles is PHENOMENAL to watch.