The Worlds Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes. 1906. Vol. XII: German
The Golden Horseshoes
By Eulenspiegels Pranks (Current in the 15th Century)
EULENSPIEGEL came to the court of the King of Denmark, who liked him well, and said that if he would make him some diversion, then might he have the best of shoes for his horses hoofs. Eulenspiegel asked the king if he was minded to keep his word well and truly, and the king did answer most solemnly, Yes.
Now did Eulenspiegel ride his horse to a goldsmith, by whom he suffered to be beaten upon the horses hoofs shoes of gold with silver nails. This done, Eulenspiegel went to the king, that the king might send his treasurer to pay for the shoeing. The treasurer believed he should pay a blacksmith, but Eulenspiegel conducted him to the goldsmith, who did require and demand one hundred Danish marks. This would the treasurer not pay, but went and told his master.
And the king commanded his treasurer to pay the hundred marks for the horses golden shoes. But these Eulenspiegel caused to be taken off, and iron shoes put on in their stead; and he remained many a long day in the service of the King of Denmark.