Toughie is already acting better then he was, he has more energy and is spending less time standing still. He still needs to put on a lot of weight but the fact that he now is putting his head over the stall door to greet me is a good sign. The other day I put him in around pen while I mucked out his stall, and so that he could stretch his legs. My niece was staying with me while her dad was at work and she is normally good about not going in the pasture with the horses. If she wants to see the horses she normally will just walk up to the fence and hold her hand out to them. For some reason she normally only goes to the mares, not my stallion. Well I was busy mucking out Toughie's stall and I thought she was in the barn aisle tormenting one of my dogs. When I turned around she wasn't there, and nor was my Doberman Kohan, so I shrugged and put down the muck rake before going outside. I began walking towards the paddock my niece usually goes to visit, when I heard Kohan whining. Naturally I went to investigate and there I find him near the round pen. I walk over and saw Toughie standing still, front hooves buried in the pile of hay he was eating. I ducked into the pen to see what was bothering my stubborn, not easily fazed Doberman. After I got closer to Toughie I saw my niece curled up in the hay underneath Toughie. Then I got why Toughie was standing like that, he was trying to protect my niece in a way. The only other time I'd seen a horse stand like that was when my one Shire was standing over her foal.
Toughie still isn't running around yet but he is improving and is doing better then when I first got him. Now I put Toughie in the round pen but it has boards going around it so my niece can't get in with him.