Tenderfooted . . .
Did he have pads on? Also, is he a large horse? Some horses cannot take going barefoot. I had two Arabs who had feet like iron, and I would pull their shoes in the winter. I now have a qh who is a big horse with decent feet, but I plan to keep him shod because I don't think with his size his feet would do well going barefoot as the ground where we live is fairly hard, and we do get snow and ice. His feet are approximately the same size as my Arabs' feet, but he out weighs them by at least 300 lbs. If your horse isn't doing better within a couple or three weeks, I would reshoe him. No chance your farrier trimmed him a little too short, is there? If done correctly, shoeing is not harmful. Have you considered easy boots? They have a whole new set of issues--rubbing, coming off, difficult to get on and off, etc., but if the cost of shoes is an issue, you may want to consider them.