Hat-racks in the desert

Posted by R. Berg on January 19, 2002

In Reply to: Hat-racks in the desert posted by Jim on January 19, 2002

: : : : A sentence in the novel I'm translating mentions wild and wormy horses, like hat-racks in the desert. It's the hat-racks/desert part that confuses me. Has anybody got an idea?

: : : Extremely thin?

: : Useless? Deserts are hot during the day and cold at night. People there need to keep their hats on.

: True. So what purpose could a hatrack serve?

Absolutely none, and that's why I thought "like hat-racks in the desert" might be the author's way of saying "useless."