Inheritance, the Wisdom Test

Today Briquinex requires your help to solve a family matter. A peasant after he died, left as inheritance 17 horses to his 3 sons. The first was to receive 1/2 of the horses, the second 1/3 and the third 1/9 of the horses. Briquinex ask you to help the three sons to divide the inheritance without cutting any of the horses and determine how many horses should receive each of them?

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