I would actually suggest either a barrel saddle or a roping saddle..I ride trails, games, plod around, etc in a roping saddle currently. It's probably not the really nice roping saddle since it's only about 5-10 pounds heavier than our lightest barrel saddle, but I find it just as comfy as our most expensive barrel saddle. I'm actually going to ask my BO if I can buy it from her when I go to college since I'm double majoring in equine studies and vet something or other. :p
I'd have to say that if you're on a budget I would probably look more into trail or barrel saddles though, because (from what I've seen) roping saddles with the same quality are much more expensive.
I would see it pointless to get a flashy WP saddle (and imo a reining saddle) because unless that's all you're doing, I would agree that it would be a waste of money.
I do wonder though..why must it be 15" and not synthetic if you're bringing your saddle to college with you? I ride a 16" and unless I get smaller, I won't be able to ride in a 15", along with if you only fit a 13" (don't know, just giving an example). I just can't see why they would say you have to have leather (I would go with leather anyway lol) and a 15" seat.. Posted via Mobile Device