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# Can You Solve This Horse Algebra Problem That Has Sparked Debate?

This simple algebra problem has stumped social media users who claim to be math experts squaring off against each other. The problem has elicited at least six different answers. How could something so simple be so difficult?

Lets see if you can solve this Wild West-themed math problem.

There are three different symbols with different values: horses, horseshoes, and boots. If you look at the first line, which has a total value of 30 from three horses, we can conclude that the value of each horse is 10.

Moving on to the second line, we can subtract the value of the single horse from 18. This leaves us with a value of 8, which when divided by four horseshoes yields the result as 2 per horseshoe.

In the third line, we can see that subtracting the value of the two boots from 4 gives us 2. So this must mean that each boot is worth 1. So far, we know a horse = 10, a horseshoe = 2, and a boot = 1.

Now for the final problem, which reads boot + horse x horseshoe, or 1 + 10 x 2. Once again, it all seems very easy and straightforward. Its hard to imagine that the solution to this problem could divide the internet. This is the kind of problem that a child might have solved in elementary school.