One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bouncing step or leap; (Dressage) a kind of leap in which a horse bends all four legs without kicking out the hind ones.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Blome (bap. 1630, d. 1705), cartographer and bookseller. From French ballottade kind of leap in which a horse bends all four legs without kicking out the hind ones from ballotter + -ade.
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