Can Anyone Help with a German Rhyme that Sounds like, “Otza Botza Mopa Decke”?

Hannah wrote to us asking for help with a German rhyme. Here’s her email:

I am looking for the nursery rhyme my grandfather used to sing to me. It’s a knee/lap rhyme that you are bounced along to and I believe it to be German – passed to him by his grandfather. We do have relatives from current day Austria/Switzerland so potentially this may be something from there?

It’s supposedly about a white horse, galloping through the woods. I don’t think it’s the Hopp, Hopp, Hopp/Hoppe, Hoppe, Reiter song as it doesn’t quite have the same beat either. The way we said it is most likely nonsensical sounding as it was passed down through the family quite a bit, but the phonetic sounding version I still recall would have been something along the lines of:

Otza Botza Mopa Decke
Squanda Labya
Quandi Pecke
Ota, ota, ota

If anyone could help me in finding this it would mean the world- everyone on that side of my family has passed and I don’t want to let this little game/tradition die as well.

Thank you so much,


If anyone can help, please comment below. Thanks! -Mama Lisa

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