I've owned one for 12 years and found it to not fit all horses (which saddle would) but I can not confirm it fits no horse at all. I like the medium depth of seat which allows a bit more flexibility than many of the dressage saddles around these days (e.g. Hennig or Passier Grand Gilbert). I ride many young horses so I need to be able to adjust my leg position and switch from two point to dressage seat a lot and quickly so.
I therefor don't like the extremely deap seats and 'glued on' leg positions but prefer something that actually allows you to move in the saddle.
Totally crappy? What does that mean?
I bought one at a good price, but it is an XXW and too wide for my horse. I can't confirm anything about the tree, but I would not say it is an extreme banana shape at all. What I can say, is that I love riding in it. As Kareen said, if you are a rider that like more of an open seat and no so much restriction by the block, it works well.
No matter what saddle you asked about, there will be people that hate it or like it. That's why we all don't own the same saddle.
I love mine, it holds up great to. I've had mine for almost 2 years now and it still looks new. No rubs like my other saddles. It fits my horse great and me. Keeps my leg correct and doesn't push me forward like many saddles did.
Horses aren't our whole life, but makes our life whole
I have never ridden in one, but I was saddle shopping a while back, and one friend raved about her Stuebben. The rep measured her horse, ordered it, and then the saddle was shipped and sold from the local Stuebben retail outlet. Basically it was a custom saddle for an off the rack price.
My horse became lame, so I never did get to buy a new saddle!