Yee-haw! Kevin McHale Hops on a Horse Over Thanksgiving

Kevin McHale

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updated 11/26/2012 AT 4:00 PM ET

originally published 11/27/2012 AT 9:00 AM ET

Normally, rescue dog Sophie has all of his attention but not on Thanksgiving weekend.

Glee 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.