ian somerhalder nikki reed horse Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed bought a horse togetherNew couple Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed are taking a big step in their relationship together — the pair are now the proud co-owners of a beautiful, brown horse.

Somerhalder posted a photo of the gorgeous animal — taken by Reed — on his Instagram account, calling himself a “proud new dad” and referring to the horse, whose name is Eagle, as “our big baby boy.”

The new couple first stepped out in public together in mid-July. Reed split from husband Paul McDonald earlier in 2014, while Somerhalder and “The Vampire Diaries” costar/longtime girlfriend Nina Dobrev broke up in May 2013.