so sorry for your loss, I'd have lost it as soon as a kid said something like that too. Kids are so tuned into that kind of thing it's really sweet and encouraging a few years ago my friends dog had to be PTS and his little brother came up to me and said "Hazel is a fairy now", made me tear up. Ali will be waiting for you across the bridge, until then he will be running through big open fields and eating as much as he desires. RIP Ali.
Equestrianism; 10% luck, 20% skill, 15% concentrated power of will, 5% pleasure, 50% pain and 100% reason to remember you're absolutely insane to be riding a beast that big.