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Ian Somerhalder adds a horse to his family

Ian Somerhalder is a ‘proud new dad’. This time it isn’t puppies or a companion for his dog Nietzsche, but a little bigger than that –Ian is a proud co-owner of a stallion.

Ian Somerhalder accepts an award at YHA 7/16/14
Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez
Ian Somerhalder accepts award at YHA 7/26/14
Photo by Frederick M. Brown

‘Proud new dad… What an amazing creature they are. Wow. His name is Eagle. Thank you @iammikkireed for snapping this special moment with our big baby boy.’

Ian Somerhalder’s affair with horses may have been longer than fans realize. According to a pre Vampire Diaries interview with (Aug. Sept. 2009) Ian put some light on the subject. I grew up on a horse in the middle of the woods. I was really obsessed by understanding the land tracking animals and building things. I would like to spend six years on the show and a couple of movies and then cash out and spend the rest of my life on a horse’. This statement was made pre Gulf Oil Crisis that threatened his world and changed his life but apparently his love of horses hasn't’ changed.

In a later ‘Interview with a Vampire’ by the Humane Society (7-8-2012), he went into greater detail about his youth. “I would get home on Friday after school and literally wouldn't come home until Sunday. I would spend the weekend horseback riding, camping, and running around and swimming and stuff.

On his trip to China last year he appeared on the wildly popular Chinese variety show (It’s sole purpose is to bring happiness to people). In a video on You Tube he is shown in an outdoor setting coming ‘on stage’ atop a horse and riding around the corral looking perfectly at home and content.

Let us not forget the miniseries Marco Polo in which Ian starred and spent considerable amount of the film on horseback.

IMDb reports that Nikki Reed has just finished work on the ‘Sunday Horse ‘and that working so closely with the animal led her to pursue horseback riding.

Thanks to,, and for the information.

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