So I bought Cirrus from a Mexican family down the street, and they obviously hadn't trimmed his feet in a LONG time (we're betting 6 months - 1 year, but just guessing). The farrier came out, trimmed him back (before I bought him, wanted to make sure he moved well when he had some breakover), and I vetted him and took him home. We decided to put shoes on his front feet to help them wear evenly, etc, and the farrier came out today. He did a hoof test, which came back negative, but said that every time he nailed into the hoof, he had to take a break because it hurt Cirrus (I wasn't there, I had a test, but my friend just called me). The farrier gave him bute this morning after, told us to give him bute tonight and then again in the morning because there was swelling in his hooves.
Has anyone tried to bring a horse back from too-long feet (I'm talking really long, the farrier trimmed off over half an inch on them, the only trimming he'd had before that was from natural breakage)? The outside of his hooves are wavy (which might be why it hurt to nail the shoes in), but how long does it take for a horse to come back from long feet? Is there anything else I should be doing to aid his recovery?