I thought the Bares were too hard to get on and off. I converted my pair to the buckle system.
I would have loved to have loved the Gloves, but they didn't fit the shape of my Mustang's hooves very well. He kind of rolls his toes and that left a funny gap in the front of the boot.
When I need another pair for my Fox Trotter I might try the Gloves again. She has more normal shaped hooves.
I have broken two buckles as well. I replaced them with a buckles from old boots and used cotter pins to hold them on.
That is why I save the old broken down boots. They might be good for parts.
Painted Horse, in the terrain you ride in, do you loose horseshoes as well? I know back when my horses where shod, I dreaded that sound of a shoe being stepped on and wrenched off. Ugh!