The Vampire Diaries hunk sparked reports he had begun dating Reed last month (Jul14) when they were spotted spending the weekend together in Los Angeles.
Now it appears the new couple has indulged in its shared love of animals by adding a colt to its family.
Somerhalder shared a photo of himself hugging the brown horse on his Instagram.com page on Tuesday (05Aug14) and in the accompanying caption, he wrote, "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".