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'Win A Racehorse' Contest

Several years ago, I think it was in the mid-1990s, my local Subway restaurant were having a 'Win a Racehorse' contest.

I remember entering it (obviously I didn't win) and I remember that it said something like the winner of the horse had to agree to continue allowing it to be raced for a year after the contest ended, and that during that year all expenses for the care and upkeep of the animal would be provided for free of charge to the winner. The winner of the horse also would be allowed to keep any earnings from that year's worth of racing.

Sounds like a dream, huh? But here's what got me thinking back on that...

After the year was up, the horse became the winner's responsibility. Completely. (I don't remember all the details- there *might* have been an option to sell or retire the horse to a breeding farm at the end of the one-year agreement- but not at all sure on that.) I don't know who won that horse, but the Subway that was holding the contest was in an urban, low-income neighborhood. I mean, in the city. So most people around that area would not be able to keep a horse of any kind at their home, and most probably knew nothing about horses and their care. Looking back now, the whole thing just seems so irresponsible of that Subway.

So, I guess my question is, if you saw a contest like that, what would you do? Even if it wouldn't change anything, would you say anything to anyone?
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