Bruce Springsteen and his wife PATTY SCIALFA have been sued by a former member of the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team who accuses the pair of backing out of a deal to buy a horse Sportsman Todd Minikus filed the breach of contract lawsuit on Thursday (4Oct07) in Palm Beach County, Florida claiming the Springsteens backed out of a deal to pay $650,000 (GBP325,000) for a horse named Pavarotti for their teenage daughter Jessica, according to TMZ.com. The couple allegedly put a $25,000 (GBP12,500) deposit on the horse in July (07) and promised to give Minikus their horse Scarlett - worth $200,000 (GBP100,000) - but pulled out of the deal. The lawsuit states, "This case involves a simple matter of parties on one side of a contract getting cold feet and attempting to avoid their obligations. "The cold-footed parties are entertainers Bruce and Patti Springsteen." Minikus is seeking damages and compensation for the continued daily upkeep of Pavarotti and claims that the value of the horse has declined since the couple reneged on the agreement.