Nikki Reed & Ian Somerhalder adopted a horse together: sweet or bad move?

Ian Somerhalder

Here are some photos of Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder’s parachute pants leaving the gym last week. They’ve been an official couple for a few weeks. It’s still brand new. All flowers and butterflies and hilarious running photos that I overanalyzed to death. The couple has quickly taken their relationship to the next level … by adopting a horse.

A horse. Neither a kitten nor a dog. A horse. Ian Instagrammed his new sweetie with this caption: “Proud new dad… What amazing creatures they are. Wow. His name is Eagle. Thank you @iamnikkireed for snapping this special moment, with our big baby boy.” Look at how much Ian loves this horse already.


A nice photo, but it could have used a bit more pizazz. Remember that time Annie Leibovitz photographed Daniel Radcliffe to promote Equus? Daniel graced the pages of Vogue by farting light on a befuddled horse. Ian should have copied that pose. Then we’d really be talking.

We should be happy for Nikki and Ian, right? It seems a little early to adopt a living being together. Maybe they made arrangements in case their relationship doesn’t work out. Nikki just got divorced, you know?

Here’s a catty question: Do you think Ian will ride the horse alongside Nikki while she runs? Because I bet she could keep up with a horse. I ask because Ian hasn’t been papped running with Nikki since their coupley debut. She’s been running alone to the gym, and he drives there to meet her. That is not a good sign for the future! (I’m not saying he has to run. I’m being obnoxious.) I could give the guy some pointers on how to find some solid, 1/2 running shoes, but he’s not into it. Oh well.

P.S. Ian and Nina Dobrev ran into each other at Comic Con last week (I included a photo in the gallery). Don’t worry, he still did PDA with Nikki all night long.

Nikki Reed

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet, Pacific Coast News & Ian Somerhalder on Instagram

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  1. Kiddo says:

    I love the horse, don’t care much about the couple. I hope they take good care of him.

    • Decloo says:

      Maybe this is one of those things where you “adopt” the horse in the sense that you pay for all it’s upkeep but it stays at the sanctuary or farm?

  2. LAK says:

    …..maybe he hates running. at least he works out. I do very intense workouts that don’t include running. No amount of money in the world would induce me to run.

    • Erinn says:

      That’s what I was thinking. I’m much better off doing weights and maybe stair master. Running makes me grumpy. Or maybe he even runs AT the gym and doesn’t want to run beforehand. Who knows.

  3. Jaderu says:

    Don’t care about them (Ian and Nikki) one teeny tiny bit….BUT….
    ” farting light on a befuddled horse” made my millennium!!! LOL

  4. Em says:

    That Daniel Radcliffe picture is the most hilariously creepy picture ever! A naked boy (he looks about 12) on a horse in a stable with a creepy, fully dressed old man next to them. Not to mention the light farting. Behind unfortunate editing.

  5. mimi says:

    Well, they both have to stay relevant somehow. Why not adopt a horse together! lol

  6. Splinter says:

    Maybe it was just him adopting the horse and also her, by the way?

  7. Talie says:

    I bet he’s good in bed. He used to do that HBO show with all the sex and nudity…. and his sex scenes with his gf on the show were incredibly hot.

  8. eliza says:

    I only see a positive in the horse adoption. I am sure unlike a lot of idiots who adopt small animals, it was thought out beforehand.

    I hope they give the horsey a wonderful home.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      It’s a definite positive IMO.

      Also, Kimmy needs to look at Nikki next time she wonder why she can’t lose the last 15 lbs. Now THIS is a girl who works out.

  9. AlmondJoy says:

    I think it’s a bad move to adopt with someone you’ve only been with for a few weeks. Almost as bad as people that get tattoos of each other at the beginning of a relationship lol.

  10. M says:

    Why would it be a bad move? It isn’t like they tatooed the names of one another, now that is a bad move. Adopting a horse together sure why not.

    Never cared for Ian, always think he looks smug especially when he has this smug smile on red carpets.

    • AlmondJoy says:

      I’m thinking that it might be something they fight over later on down the line. Isn’t Nikki Reed is known for jumping from relationship to relationship? Or maybe I’m thinking of a different actress.

  11. Tig says:

    The horse looks well cared for- maybe it’s “adoption” in that they provide $$ towards his care, along with others. Many horse sanctuaries, esp for racehorses, use that approach. Good for them!

  12. RobN says:

    It’s a horse, not a cat or dog. He doesn’t live at your house and sleep on your bed while you’re not home even though he knows he’s not supposed to. It’s not like you break up and fight over who gets to take him with you.

  13. Brittney B says:

    Ian’s a big animal lover. My favorite rescue is Noah’s Ark near Atlanta; they have the famous bear-lion-tiger (BLT) trio, as well as plenty of other mixed-species pairings of rescued exotics. I’m friends with a few of their regular volunteers, and Ian has visited a few times. (I guess The Vampire Diaries shoots nearby?) He’s also quite generous with his checkbook… and I’ve never seen him get any press for it.

    This horse is very lucky, because Ian will make sure he gets the best possible life. He knows all about the hazards of having pets for status symbols, and keeping large animals in unfit conditions… and I’m sure he’s also smart enough to be the horse’s only actual owner. Nikki’s probably just along for the ride while it lasts.

    • Char says:

      I live about an hour from Noah’s Ark & was happy to see Ian visited. I just wish I had been there that day. 😉 I didn’t realize he has visited more than once, that’s awesome! Vampire Diaries shoot in Covington, GA, so not to far from Noah’s Ark.

      & I agree, Ian will know/find the best way to take care of this horse. He loves animals & I don’t think this was done without being well thought out first.

  14. Wallamalooo says:

    They kinda fit as a couple, good luck to them. Also, gorgeous horse 😀

  15. lunchcoma says:

    Ian has adopted several animals, so my guess would be that he adopted a horse and they’re phrasing it as “we.” If they break up, he’ll probably care for it.

  16. Lola says:

    Adoption? Don’t know what they mean by that. You buy a horse and depending on the horse is the amount of $$ you pay. Yes, if they separate I hope they have made arrangements. I do agree, have no interest in them but they seem to be a good couple.

    • tessy says:

      SPCA here in Canada often has horses up for adoption. Some really nice ones too , thoroughbreds and quarter horses. If I had more room I would adopt a couple, I grew up with them and really miss the riding.

      I do hope he has company for his horse because they are herd animals and get really bored when they’re on their own. Even a donkey or llama is better than just leaving them to themselves.

      • Lola says:

        So, how does that work? You adopt the horse and keep him where? Is it requiered that in order to adopt a horse you need to have a stable? Or do you adopt the horse and they already have it set it up so you can keep the horse with other horses?

      • Pia says:

        Most towns have some kind of boarding stable where you can pay for your horse’s daily care. The adoption agencies I’ve looked into usually require photos of where the horse is to be kept with yearly check-ins to make sure the horse is well-cared for and has not been bred or sold (usually part of the adoption contract). I keep my mare at a co-op boarding stable where I have to clean her stall daily, provide her grain and pitch in for chores like turning out all of the horses in the morning and bringing them in at night. She lives with 6 other horses and they have several acres of grass to munch on and run around from sunrise to sunset, rain or shine. It really is a great set-up, and until I bought a horse I didn’t realize that so many people assume you must own a farm in order to own a horse. We’d like to buy our own farm someday, but boarding stables are really convenient for most people.

      • Lola says:

        Thank you for the info. I had no clue.

  17. moo says:

    aww, does she have a fawn pittie? 🙂

  18. Isadora says:

    I actually think they look like a good and fitting couple. I don’t know, I hardly know anything about them both, but strangely they make kind of “sense” to me. I hope they have both found what they were looking for with each other.

    And although I’m always cautious with getting animals and such, I think it’s not a bad thing to adopt the horse. As someone has already written: the horse stays in the stable and you just care for it there. So if they break up and only one of them cares for it then, it’s not such a big change – so it’s better than getting a dog or a cat. Plus with enough $$ you can give a horse a very good life even if you don’t have that much time – just let it run on a nice pasture with other horses, get him good food and competent attendants for grooming. It’s better than people who absolutely love their horses but can’t really afford to keep them, so they end up in small, stuffy, dark stables without enough run.

    And yes, I’d love to have a horse. *g* However I don’t have the money and commitment to care for one 20+ years, so it would be an incredibly bad decision.

  19. Maria of MD says:

    One of my favorite charities I try to scrape money together for is a horse rescue/adoption one. They save horses from auctions that would doom them to slaughterhouses and find them new homes, so I’m totally good with this couple adopting a horse. Horses have earned the right not to be sent to slaughterhouses.

  20. snowflake says:

    love the doggy picture! so cute