11/26/2012 at 04:00 PM EST
Normally, rescue dog Sophie has all of his attention
but not on Thanksgiving weekend.
star Kevin McHale received a cozy horse hug
while visiting relatives in Texas during the holiday and left town with more knowledge of the equine kind.
"Being completely cliche in tx. My niece reag_and_riva showing me how to ride a horse," he Tweeted on Friday, with a photo of himself taking direction while sitting atop the leggy creature.
The Texas native may be new to horseback riding, but McHale's a pro at reining in other animals. Earlier this month he shared photos of himself walking cat James
on a leash.