Percheron Draft Horses

Miguel Leonis’s horse of choice was reportedly a black Percheron. Today, two Percherons call the Leonis Adobe Ranch their home.

Percherons are a large draft-horse breed that originated in the Perche region of France. Originally bred as war horses, over time they were utilized for pulling stagecoaches, hauling weighty loads, and heavy farm work. They were introduced to the United States in the 1850s and played a significant role in American agriculture, serving as the work horse on most farms. Percherons are usually black or grey in color, very muscular, and are known for their intelligence and their willingness to work. In the United States, they average between 66 and 71 inches in height—about 16 to 17 hands—and can weigh from 1,900 up to 2,600 pounds!

Leonis Adobe Museum Historic Home and Ranch
  1. The Leonis Adobe House
  2. Miguel Leonis, The Big Basque
  3. Espiritu Chijulla Leonis
  4. Marcelina Leonis
  5. Juan Menendez
  6. Living Room
  7. Corner Cabinets
  8. Piano
  9. Dining Room
  10. Kitchen
  11. Cellar and Pantry
  12. Upper Rear Hallway
  13. Menendez Room
  14. Espiritu's Bedroom
  15. Sewing Room
  16. Front Upstairs Veranda
  17. Outdoor Oven or Horno
  18. Oak Tree
  19. Poultry and Doves
  20. Guinea Hens
  21. Turkeys
  22. Barn and Blacksmith Shop
  23. Carriages and Buggies
  24. Miguel's Land and Property Map
  25. Bath House
  26. Laundry Area
  27. Well and Windmill
  28. Tank House and Water Tank
  29. Orsua Room
  30. Vineyard
  31. Fruit Trees
  32. Vegetable Garden
  33. Longhorn Cattle
  34. Merino Sheep
  35. Nubian and Angora Goats
  36. Percheron Draft Horses
  37. Farm Implements
  38. Wagons
  39. Outhouses
  40. The Plummer House