Hester is a young helper to Ms. McDonnell on her Silverlode ranch. She attended the Bi-Annual Equine Auction in Cannon City and pointed out Spirit as the horse to buy. For this, Ms. McDonnell complimented her "good eye".
Back at the ranch, Hester tried to give Spirit water and oats, but watched helplessly as the horse refused all sustenance and repeatedly rammed the fence of the corral. When she turned her back for a moment, Spirit escaped.