"Totally worth the $$"
I have two western girths - alpaca and mohair - with well crafted flat hardware. I never over-cinch, but I still worried about the buckles digging into or pinching my horse. After placing these neoprene protectors on the buckles I could immediately tell the difference by putting my hand behind them after cinching up - MUCH better than rings of metal! What's also unexpectedly neat is that these protectors stay on - they cling to my girths and don't budge - so I don't have to put them on each time I tack up. They remain on the ends of each girth, and do not get in the way of the billet straps when tying/cinching. I like 'em, and I'm convinced my horse does, too. Good investment. They're very tough - will last a long time.