Dividing 17 horses in 3 sons puzzle


An  Arab , who is at his death bed,  called upon his three sons. He told  them: “I am leaving my stable,  which has seventeen beautiful horses, to  the three of you.
He  commanded that the eldest was to have half of the  horses. The second,  one third. And the youngest, one ninth.

They knew it could not be achieved without calling in a butcher, but who wants half dead horse?
So they sought advice of an wise man. So, they came to you, How will you solve this conundrum?

17 horses and 3 sons puzzle

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    I’ll go on my horse,
    They have 17 horses, I’ll give them my horse
    Total Horses – 17+1 = 18 horses

    1st Son gets 1/2 of 18 = 9 Horses
    2nd Son gets 1/3 of 18 = 6 Horses
    3rd son gets 1/9 of 18 = 2 Horses
    Total Distributed    =
    9 + 6 + 2  =  17 Horses

    Rest is 1 Horse, That’s Mine, I’ll take that and required distribution is done 🙂

    Detective Expert Answered on 12th May 2016.

    dont steal points.if you have capability then answer the unanswered ones .

    on 13th May 2016.
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    i will help them if what left after division is mine.they will agree.i will give them a horse and ask them to proceed considering it as yours.elder will get 9 middle will get 6 and other one will get 2 .1 horse will remain which is mine

    Yodha Expert Answered on 11th May 2016.
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    i will give them one horse then it will be 17 +1 = 18.
    then 1st  will get 9 then 2nd will get 18/3=2 and third will get 18/9 =2 hence 9+6+2 = 17.. thus here by assuming one extra horse we get the solution …

    suraj Guru Answered on 3rd June 2016.
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    if we add one more our horse….we will get d desired distribution

    pranithbunny Starter Answered on 27th August 2016.
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