Input appreciated (longish)
Him - 12 yo gelding, not sure of his background
Me - 47 male, we had a couple hotses when I was young but not much involvement; got Festus 9 months ago and heve been riding/working with him 1-2 d/wk on average but less in jan and feb, 4 day riding clinic with Josh and John Lyons, lots of you tube watching, horse forum reading and Brannaman clinic planned in August
Issues- Festus has always seemed respectful of space and nonaggressive; he is very jumpy or startles easily when i touch him but only intermittently. Went through head shyness and we worked through but has returned the last couple days when approaching from the left or off side. He got startled and jumped away and ran to end of lead rope and obviously in fear. He then did not want to let me on that side. He usually lunges very easily but had to push him to turn to his left for the next few minutes.
He is not easily startled under saddle and is very eager to do the what i want ( when I first got him he would want to run as soon as I got on him but this has resolved). He is sometimes difficult to catch but can actually free lunge him in a pretty large paddock and get him to "join up" with me after 5-10 minutes.
He always seems to be a little on edge. This may be due to me since I am probably wanting to do the right thing, hoping things go smoothly, and may be too cautious due to my inexperience. Thoughts/advice?