I'd say it would depend on where you are marketing. For example, my friend has, IMO, a very nice race bred AQHA stallion whom he doesn't advertise at all. He makes a living as a farrier and horse trainer (he is AWESOME at groundwork and has the touch while doing an unhandled horse's feet) and always has stories to tell about his horses. He has a few customers a year who breed to his stallion, but doesn't really care to stud him out unless they ask, he is more interested in his babies out of this stallion training them for barrels.
With that being said, there are probably going to be a few people who will want to breed to your stallion just for his breeding/looks/pedigree, but I would not stud him out at all if you are planning on really pushing his show carreer. That way, you can put a higher price for a stud fee on him and he will be appetizing for the mare owner looking for his particular genetics. You would probably have to have a pretty low stud fee to get mares in for him, then would have to raise it after his show carreer, just looks better starting out at a set amount when you can charge a decent fee. What are you wanting to show him in?
BTW, I am by no means a professional, this is just what I hope in doing in the future when I show and stand my very own ladies man 8P I've talked to a couple bigger breeders, they don't ever stand or breed a stallion until they have several points or thousand won and are pretty competitive horses. Then again, I spoke to another small operation person who has a reining stallion and they stood him out and used that money for trainining/showing fees so they were able to get him proven.
It is so hard making decisions, lol!!!
Goodlooking/Nice PedigreeXShown/Proven=One hot man for the ladies!!!
Last edited by trainerunlimited; 01-29-2012 at 05:45 PM.