Michelle’s Story

I’m Michelle Griffith, owner of Mane Rise Coaching, in Lebanon, Ohio.

For most of my life, I was an overachiever with warrior-like pursuit skills.

I was searching for the ultimate secret solution that would make me the BEST. No matter what I achieved, there was always a little voice inside me that told me it was never enough.

Is this sounding familiar?

I chased through certifications and degrees, and through 3 careers. I drove myself to do more, be more, and finally gain control. I was giving all that I had, but I was never satisfied, and I was in a constant state of anx-irrita-whelm (anxious, irritable, and overwhelmed). My relationships and self-care suffered, and I was quick to place blame whenever things didn’t go my way.

The Healing Grace of Horses

I have always had a connection with horses. When I stumbled upon the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method, I found yet another educational process that I believed would make me feel qualified. What I didn’t know is the EGCMethod training would bring my head and my heart together and allow me to feel satisfied. Working with horses brought me to the path of balance and alignment with my core truth. That was actually what I had been seeking all along.

Reconnect with Yourself

If you are stuck in a rut or trapped in anx-irrita-whelm, then let me be your Action Advocate. Together, in partnership with my team of horses, I will guide you to choose the exact right mix of logic, emotion and intuition unique to you! Move away from stress and toward a life of possibility. Get clear on your core values, set boundaries and make self care a priority. You can do it and I am here to support your process!

The Mane Rise Team

Jack Black

Jack Black is the youngest member of the team at 10 years old. He tends to be inquisitive and direct. He is very tall, and his size is helpful in assisting people overcome doubts and fear. His big heart will invite you to stand in your truth and bring you to clear awareness of your own heart energy.


Cheese has a keen sensitivity for energy in people. He is an 13-year-old Half Arabian pony. His name reflects his affinity for the camera and his ability to make people smile. Even though he is small in stature he has big energy and is more than willing to walk with clients on their healing journey.


Lonestar is an introvert who has an amazing sense of humor. At the age of 20, he has a spent a lot of time on the trails, as well as socializing with people who have no horse experience. He is the resident “lie detector” and has the uncanny ability to call people out with his gentle creative responses if they are not standing in their personal truth.

Michelle’s Bio

Coach Michelle has completed an 18-month intensive study directly with Melisa Pearce, the creator of the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method, and core founder of the horse-human healing movement.

Michelle holds a BS in Agriculture from the Ohio State University, and a Master’s in Education from Wright State University. She has worked as a trainer facilitator/coach and teacher since 1990, including non-profits, industry, and public schools. She is a published author and creative artist. Information about her anthology books and inspirational card deck are available on the blog page.

Michelle’s is a coach, author and intuitive. She partners with animals to support people seeking functional balance in the business of life. Her work is inspired by the flow of creative energy and the wisdom of earth, art and animals.

Michelle is also certified as an RYT Hatha Yoga teacher, an Urban Zen integrative therapist, and an Ayurvedic cleanse coach. She weaves these many modalities, as well as her background in education, into her coaching, to bring balanced and multi-disciplinary services to her clients.

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