|Appearances and Mentions||Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Spirit of the West|
|Relations||Daughter of Alma; Mate of Strider; Mother of Spirit|
Esperanza is the mare that is Spirit's mother.
Esperanza is a palomino with two white stockings on her back legs, and a white blaze.
Esperanza is an easy-going, kind, gentle, calm and caring mother. She is also very cautious with looking after her son, warning her son not to go after the strange thing that appears in their land. After her son is captured, she wants to help him, but he encourages her to take the herd and leave.
In The FilmEdit
In the film, Esperanza first appears in labor as she brings a foal into the world, which turns out to be a colt; Spirit. As he and the other foals grow, her and the herd put up with their crazy antics, Spirit's especially, until he becomes an adult and takes over the herd.
She is very proud she has raised a strong and responsible leader, but something strange comes to the land that night, after Spirit rescues the two foals from the cougar. Beckoned over by her son, she wants him to ignore it and stay, but Spirit insists.
Her son returns, seemingly untouched, believing he lost the humans, but they all flee in fear when the humans catch up to Spirit, who has lead them straight to his herd. She tries feebly to rescue Spirit when he is finally roped, but Spirit stops her and tells her to turn and take the herd to safety. She turns to the herd in sadness to lead them away, leaving Spirit captive.
She is last seen happily approaching her son when he returns with his new mate, Rain.
In Spirit of the WestEdit
As a filly, the Lead Mare and Stallion die, leaving the Herd decimated. Her mother, Alma, takes over and attempts to get to better terrain with the six other horses. They had no stallion, thus they were more likely to split up, so six turn to three: Midnight, Aspen, Willow. Unfortunately, Alicia, Esperanza's best friend, is amongst the mares that seperate.
Esperanza is particulary miffed about Midnight, an older mare that slowed them all down. Alma decides to integrate with a larger herd for more protection. Here, she meets various horses her age, and takes a particular liking to the one named Strider. They become fast friends and their future looks bright, until a violent thunderstorm shakes the land and scatters the herd.
The two horses find themselves alone, with only each other's company and through their struggle to survive their feelings for each other grow deeper. After this, perhaps before or after Strider's presumed demise, Spirit is born.