Hat-racks in the desert

Posted by Jim on January 18, 2002

In Reply to: Hat-racks in the desert posted by Bob on January 17, 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? Out of Place? Allusion to the shape of cactus?