This simple algebra question is baffling everyone. Can you solve it?

It's that time of the year again. Children are starting school and maths equations are being circulated around the internet.

A seemingly simple algebra question - with pictures! - is giving people pause.

And images were supposed to make it more simplistic. Right.

Answers are wildly varied, with 22, 21 and 41 being popular contenders.

So let's break it down.

If we take:

  • The horse as X

  • The horeshoe as Y

  • The cowboy boots as Z

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